Luke Weaver of Beekmantown looks to get away from Peru defenders.
The Beekmantown Eagles football team won the opening toss and chose to receive against the Peru Indians Sept. 24.
That was where things stopped going right.
On the second offensive play, Eagles quarterback Carter Frechette was stripped of the ball by Peru’s Zane Bazzano, and Alex Cederstrom scored three plays later as the Indians were on their way to a 34-13 win.
“You have to give Peru all the credit, they came to play,” Beekmantown head coach Jamie Lozier said. “Every possible mistake we could have made, we made. We started the game with a fumble, gave them good field position, and they took advantage of it.”
“You worry about Frechette running that ball and throwing the ball,” Peru head coach Nick Damiani said. “He’s a great athlete, but if you hit anyone enough, you can get to them and our guys were flying to the ball.”
The Eagles tied the game with an 85-yard punt return by Devin Backes later in the third quarter, but Peru responded four plays later when Shawn Hendrix was able to break free for a 64-yard touchdown run.
“I knew that I had to punch it in and answer their score,” Hendrix said. “I got past the first level, made a spin move and knew that I had to get to the end zone from there.”
“All year, we have been talking about when you have a letdown, you have to come back and do something positive,” Damiani said. “Shawn is a senior with a lot of experience and he did what we have talked about.”
After the two teams exchanged possession into the second quarter, the Indians got the ball at their own 11 yard line with 6:36 remaining in the half. Peru then proceeded to go all 89 yards in the next 6:30, with quarterback Taylor Rock finding Mike Holdridge on a jump ball in the end zone from 21 yards out.
“They would jump me and then let me sit in the flat, so I thought that I would be open,” Holdridge said. “On that play I wasn’t, but I knew that I could out-jump the back (Backes).”
“I saw the match up and I knew that he could go up and get the ball,” Rock said about the scoring play just before halftime. “He’s a basketball player, and I knew he had hops and could get up to get the ball in the air.”
“That’s just big players making big plays throughout that drive,” Damiani said.
Rock and Holdridge connected again in the third period, when Holdridge was wide open for a 46-yard scoring strike.
“The play before he was wide open and I missed him, so we ran it again and the same thing happened,” Rock said.
Rock’s third touchdown pass came in the final quarter on a rollout play to Tim Remillard.
The Eagles scored on the ensuing drive, when Frechette had his best drive of the game, going 5-for-7 passing for 51 yards, connecting with Luke Weaver for a three-yard scoring pass.
“We have been working all season on improvements each player has to make individually and their own things that they need to be better on,” Lozier said. “We will be doing that again this week as we get ready for Albany Academy and homecoming.”
Damiani said that he will allow the team to enjoy the win for the weekend, but then it will be back to work to prepare for the Indians homecoming game against Gouverneur.
For the victorious Indians, Rock finished 7-of-9 passing for 107 yards and three touchdowns, with Bazzano catching two balls for 44 yards, Holdridge catching the two scoring tosses for a total of 67 yards, Tyler Murphy catching a key third down pass for 12 yards and Remillard catching the 18-yard scoring pass.
Hendrix ran the ball 10 times for 95 yards and the one score, while Cederstrom carried 18 times for 83 yards and a score, Jeff Kurz carried 10 times for 51 yards, and Rock carried 11 times for 31 yards.
“I really am not a runner,” Rock joked after the game. “That’s my first positive rushing game I can remember.”
Defensively, Bazzano contributed with the forced fumble, Cederstrom had a fumble recovery and a sack, and Kurz added a fumble recovery.
For the Eagles Frechette used the strong finish to go 12-of-21 passing for 114 yards and one score, but was held to 28 yards rushing on 13 carries. No other Beekmantown back reached double-digits in rushing, while Weaver caught five balls for 42 yards and the score.
Sebastian Bailey had the lone turnover for the Eagles with a fumble recovery.
Chiefs defeat Gouverneur
The Saranac Chiefs scored 32 points in the second quarter as they defeated Gouverneur, 46-26, Sept. 24.
After Gouverneur scored late in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead, the Chiefs offense started rolling when Ben Weightman scored on a run from 13-yards out and converted the two-point conversion with just over one minute gone in the quarter.
Weightman then connected with Austin Velie on a 13-yard pass and again ran for the conversion, followed by a 1-yard run for Weightman with 37 seconds left in the half.
Then, with 19 seconds left in the half, Weightman hit Ryan St. Clair for a 10-yard scoring pass to give the Chiefs a 32-7 lead heading into halftime.
Weightman scored on another one-yard run in the third quarter, and then connected with St. Clair a second time for a 38-yard score. Weightman finished the game with 76yards and three scores on the ground, while going 10-of-14 for 158 yards and three scores passing.
St. Clair finished with five receptions for 102 yards and two scores.
Sentinels beat Hornets
The Ticonderoga Sentinels scored 20 points in the opening 12 minutes en route to a 46-0 win against the Plattsburgh High Hornets Sept. 24.
Will Love finished with 23 yards rushing and 1-for-8 passing for 26 yards. Kristian Sherman also threw for 26 yards on 2-of-7 passing.
Red Storm allows safety for Pats points
The Saranac Lake Red Storm gave up two points via a safety against the AuSable Valley Patriots Sept. 24 ,but that was all as the Red Storm scored a 52-2 win over the Patriots.
Scoring opened quickly for the Red Storm, as Matt Phelan scored on runs of 18 and 83 yards to give the Red Storm a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the second, Phelan connected with Devin Darrah on a 64-yard scoring pass before scoring from 52-yards out on the run. Ben Monty then scored on a 25-yard run and threw a 50-yard score to TJ Monroe before Ty Curry scored from five yards out to end the half.
In the fourth quarter, Brady DeAngelo connected with Seth Pickerign for an 82 yard score top cap a big day for the Saranac Lake offense.
Playing only one half, Phelan finished with 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only four carries, while throwing for 91 yards and a score on 4-of-4 passing. Monty completed one pass for a 50-yard score, while DeAngelo’s lone completion went for the 82 yard score.
Dillon Savage led the Patriots with 31 yards rushing, while Austin House passed for 41 yards.
Tim Ropas ran for 48 yards on 18 carries, but the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks were unable to get past Immaculate Heart Central in a 40-18 loss Sept. 23.
Ropas scored two touchdowns for the Lumberjacks, while Morgan Stevens scored the third.
The Lumberjacks kept the game close throughout the first three quarters, but never led, trailing by scores of 13-6, 20-12, and 26-18 before IHC scored 14 unanswered in the final 12 minutes.