SARANAC LAKE —
Gallo, a junior making his first varsity start, had eight catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
“Gallo’s a great receiver. Runs great routes; has great hands,” Damiani said. “He’s an athlete. I knew he would be, and I was looking at him to probably be able to have a decent day.”
Peru tacked on one more score, a nine-yard reception by Zane Bazzano early in the fourth.
Altizer went 17-for-24 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. Bazzano had 53 receiving yards on four catches, and Jordan Guay grabbed three passes for 29 yards.
Cote led Peru’s running backs with 67 yards on 14 carries.
Saranac Lake’s ground game was ineffective — the Red Storm totaled 34 rushing yards. Dylan Kilner ran for 27 of those.
“I think that was the team we were playing against. That was a very dominant, physical team,” Saranac Lake coach Eric Bennett said. “I expect them to have an outstanding season.
“You know, it is what it is. We just couldn’t compete up front.”
The Indians have three veteran linemen — Luke McKee, Jordan Robinson and Tyler Clement — and Damiani said converted defensive end Logan Abel also played very well in his first start.
“My D-line’s tough,” Damiani said. “They’re off the ball quickly, and they’re low.”
Trent Fitzgerald, a senior, started at quarterback for Saranac Lake and completed 4-of-14 passes for two yards. Sophomore Tristan Fitzgerald also took some snaps and was 5-for-9 for 63 yards and a touchdown. Bennett said both will continue to play until one definitively claims the job.
Dylan Gunther grabbed two passes for 32 yards to lead the Saranac Lake receivers.
Peru 33, Saranac Lake 7
Peru 6 21 0 6 — 33
Saranac Lake 0 7 0 0 — 7
P- Cote 1 run (kick blocked), 1:26.
P- Gallo 15 pass from Altizer (kick missed), 0:07.
P- Hendricks 43 run (Abel pass from Altizer), 8:48.