Press-Republican

October 21, 2012

Peru scores early, often in semifinal win

COURTNEY LEWIS
Press-Republican

PERU — The  Peru Indians needed just 24 seconds to find the end zone Saturday, and from there they were off and running.

Blake Altizer threw for four touchdowns and Mackenzie LaRocque and Rivelino Hendricks ran for two each as Peru scorched Plattsburgh High 70-0 in a Section VII Class B football semifinal.

“We like to start off really fast. Come out and have a lot of energy, intensity,” Peru senior Tim Remillard said. “And we just want to execute and get better every time we play. For the last couple weeks I think we’re getting better on offense and defense — everywhere. And we’re just trying to be a better football team on game day.”

The Indians (7-1) will meet Beekmantown in next week’s Class B championship game.

Saturday, Zane Bazzano caught a 29-yard touchdown pass on Peru’s first offensive play. Bazzano grabbed an interception in the middle of the quarter, and the Indians went 53 yards in five plays, ending with Altizer’s 6-yard touchdown toss to Hunter Bruno.

Bruno then ran four yards for a score, and Peru led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

LaRocque took a handoff early in the second and had all kinds of room as he motored 57 yards to the end zone. Altizer connected with Tim Remillard and Bret Boyer for touchdowns before the end of the half, and Peru took a 42-0 cushion into the break.

Altizer, who went 9-for-13 for 150 yards, threw his four touchdown passes to four different receivers. Six players had at least one catch in the game.

“We’ve got a lot of playmakers, and I think that’s what makes it difficult to prepare for us defensively,” Peru coach Nick Damiani said. “When teams try to scout us and try to defend against us, we’ve got a lot of kids that can make big plays for us, and we can call on different kids at different points in time.

“It’s nice for Blake to have those options and those kids to make plays, and it’s nice to be able to hand the ball off to three different kids in the backfield.”

Plattsburgh was held to 45 yards of offense in the first half, most of which came on its final drive.

Remillard, who took off for an 83-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter, totaled 152 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards on two catches. Boyer and Noah Phillips also had two receptions each.

LaRocque touched the ball twice and went to the end zone both times, totaling 86 yards, and Hendricks ran for 38- and 29-yard scores in the second half, finishing with 87 yards.

Despite the lopsided score, Damiani said the Indians didn’t play their best football.

“We still had some missed assignments, more defensively than offensively. So obviously those are things we’ve gotta work on,” he said. “Offensively, we weren’t in a real groove that first quarter. I felt like we were misfiring a little bit; we missed some throws. We gotta clean that stuff up if we want to have a good shot against Beekmantown next week.”

Jonas Miller led Plattsburgh (1-7) with 50 rushing yards.

The Indians head into the sectional final on a roll. They’ve won seven straight after an opening-week setback to Saranac Lake. And they have averaged 56.8 points per game the last four weeks, outscoring their opponents 227-28 in that span.

“We’ve got confidence, but Beekmantown’s a different story,” Remillard said. “They’re a very good football team. They play Peru tough; it’s a rivalry. And we’re just going to be ready to play Beekmantown, and I’m sure Beekmantown’s going to be ready for us, too.”

Peru 70, Plattsburgh 0

Plattsburgh 0 0 0 0 — 0

Peru 21 28 14 7 — 70

First quarter

P- Bazzano 29 pass from Altizer (Remillard run), 0:24.

P- Bruno 6 pass from Altizer (kick missed), 7:00.

P- Bruno 4 run (Boyer kick), 10:45.

Second quarter

P- M. LaRocque 57 run (Boyer kick), 1:23.

P- Remillard 12 pass from Altizer (Boyer kick), 5:11.

P- Boyer 17 pass from Altizer (Boyer kick), 7:48.

P- M. LaRocque 29 run (Boyer kick), 8:11.

Third quarter

P- Remillard 83 run (Boyer kick), 0:39.

P- Hendricks 38 run (Boyer kick), 5:34.

Fourth quarter

P- Hendricks 29 run (Guay kick), 0:23.

Individual statistics

Rushing

PHS- Miller 16-50; Shea 11-18; Bryant 4-(-3); Lemieux 2-(-22). Totals: 33-43.

P- Remillard 5-152, TD; Hendricks 5-87, 2 TD; M. LaRocque 2-86, 2 TD; Cunningham 2-16; Bruno 2-10, TD; Gallo 1-5; R. Mason 2-3; Altizer 1-0; Boyer 1-(-5). Totals: 19-344, 5 TD.

Passing

PHS- Lemieux 4-17-2-26.

P- Altizer 9-13-0-150, 4 TD.

Receiving

PHS- Courson 2-16; Miller 1-5; Matthews 1-4.

P- Boyer 2-37, TD; Phillips 2-26; Remillard 2-23, TD; Bazzano 1-29, TD; Cunningham 1-29; Bruno 1-6, TD.

Interceptions

P- Clement, Bazzano.

Email Courtney Lewis: clewis@pressrepublican.com