Evan Cobb of AVCS is tackled by a host of Peru defenders.
The Peru Indians gave up a big play early, but quickly regrouped and jumped out to a first quarter 21-0 lead on their way to a 55-12 victory over the AuSable Valley Patriots Oct. 21.
“We were focusing all week on our personnel packages and making sure not to miss assignments, and that is what happened on the first play of the game,” Peru head coach Nick Damiani said. “But we were able to go out and turn the ball over two plays later and go on from there.”
Tim Remillard’s big night began with a tackle of the Patriot’s Dillon Savage, which caused the ball to pop out. Remillard gabbed the ball, which led to an eight-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Rock to Mike Holdridge.
After a one-yard run by Jeff Kurz made the score 14-0, Remillard was again in on a big play, when he picked off an Austin House pass at the seven-yard line and walked in for the touchdown for a 21-0 Peru lead.
In the second quarter, Shawn Hendrix scored on a 26-yard touchdown run before the next chapter in the Remillard show, as he caught a pass from Rock and proceeded to break three tackles, the third on a leaping effort over the Patriots defender, to score on a 48-yard catch-and-run.
“It was a pretty sweet run,” Remillard said. “I saw that I had an opportunity and I took it. I didn’t know I had ups like that.”
“He’s a basketball player,” Damiani said.
Rock threw his third touchdown pass of the half to Tyler Murphy from 20 yards out, while Hendrix scored on a 27 yard run and the Indians rounded out their scoring on a two-yard run by Austin Senecal.
“I think that this type of game was good for us to prepare for sectionals following the battle that we had with Ticonderoga the week before,” Damiani said about the Indians ability to get a big lead over the Patriots and rest starters throughout the second half. “The kids wanted to come out and get into a grove quickly, and they did that.”
Remillard finished with 19 yards rushing and 53 yards receiving and one touchdown on a total of four offensive touches, while combining for 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an interception for a touchdown.
Hendrix, who was the starting tailback with Alex Cederstrom unable to play, ran the ball 12 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
“I was excited to be starting,” Hendrix said.
“He embraced the opportunity to start and be featured,” Damiani said.
Overall, the Indians ran the ball 38 times for 252 yards and four scores, while Rock was 8-of-12 passing for 136 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
For the Patriots, backup quarterback Kodie Simpson was 3-of-6 passing for 91 yards, connecting with Connor Manning twice (including a 14-yard scoring pass) for 51 yards and Kyle Prinsen once on a 40-yard scoring pass. Prinsen finished with two catches for 65 yards.
Savage was held to 26 yards rushing on 13 carries, but did record two tackles for loss including a sack on defense. Matt Lamere had an interception for the Patriots.
The Indians, who finished the season at 8-0 and the top seed, will host Gouverneur in the opening and semi-final round of the Class B playoffs, while the Patriots (2-5) will host Ogdensburg (4-2) as the second seed in the Class C semi-finals.
“It feels great for this to be my senior year and to have a season like this,” Hendrix said. “We are going to look at the tape this week and prepare for the next challenge, because we are 0-0 now.”
“It’s fantastic to go undefeated in the regular season, but now it is time to get ready for playoffs,” Remillard said.
“This team knows that every week we need to go out and make a statement,” Damiani said. “They are excited about the undefeated regular season because they know who much hard work it took, but this is a good group of kids and they know what’s coming. They know.”
In Tupper Lake, the Lumberjacks (5-3) prepared for their Class D semi-final matchup with Mariah (1-6) with a 50-6 victory against Canton (0-8). Jordan Garrow ran the ball 17 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns for the Lumberjacks, while Tim Ropas ran the ball six times for 143 yards and three more touchdowns. Stone Keniston had the final touchdown on the ground for the Lumberjacks from one yard out.
Morgan Stevens finished the game 4-of-8 passing for 26 yards.
Karlie Neale made four superb saves in the opening half and the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets rallied from a one goal deficit to score a 2-1 win over the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots Oct. 21, wrestling the two seed in the division away.
Meghan Strong scored the opening goal of the game in the 37th minute as Megan Colby fired in a corner kick that was deflected on goal, when Neale made a save. Neale made a second save on a Cammey Keysor shot, but was unable to get back into position to stop the Strong goal. Neale had made a pair of goal-saving games in the minutes leading up to the opening score, as well.
In the second half, the Hornets offense went to work, as Marle Curle scored in the 45th and 51st minute on assists by with Madison Trombley.
Neale finished as credited with only the four key saves, while Taylor Saltus had six saves for the Patriots. The Hornets finished with regular season with a record of 8-6-1 overall and 7-4-1 in Division I, while the Patriots went 10-4-1 overall and had an identical 7-4-1 divisional record. The Hornets won both matchups in the regular season against the Patriots by a combined 4-1 score. The Hornets win also dropped the Saranac Chiefs to the four seed (10-5-1, 6-5-1).
In Division II, the Chazy Lady Eagles capped a perfect divisional record with a 3-0 win against the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions. Hannah Laurin opened the scoring in the 8th minute on an assist from Kirsten Doran, while Amanda Kempainen scored in the 28th minute on a Megan Reynolds assist and Caitlyn LaPier scored in the 67th minute for the Eagles (15-1-0, 14-0-0).
The Seton Catholic Lady Knights secured the fourth best record in Division II with a 4-1 win against Ticonderoga, as Keli Ryan scored two goals and Peyton Falb and Paige Spittler scored one each for the Knights (7-9-0, 7-7-0). Falb also contributed two assists.
In the season finale between the Northern Adirondack Lady Bobcats and the Moriah Lady Vikings, neither team was able to find the net as the teams worked out a scoreless draw after 100 minutes of play. Jesslin Golovach made nine saves for the Bobcats (5-8-2).
The Plattsburgh High Hornets and Saranac Lake Red Storm scored wins in five games Oct. 21, as the Red Storm rallied from a 2-1 deficit against the Lake Placid Blue Bombers (28-26, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-10) and the Hornets rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the AuSable Valley Patriots (21-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-9)
Kianna Dragoon had 25 assists, three aces and three kills for the Hornets (9-4), while Deanna LaBarge had 16 kills, 13 digs and four blocks.
Jacquie Hoey had 11 aces and 34 digs for the Patriots (4-9), while Miranda Sheffer had seven kills, nine digs and five kills and Noelle Miller had 14 kills and 11 digs.
In the Red Storm (2-11) comeback Nikkie Trudeau had 10 kills, 20 digs and seven aces, while Emily Fountain added five aces, four digs and 11 assists.
Olivia Dempsey had 12 assists and nine aces for the Blue Bombers (2-12).
The Peru Indians had the quickest match of the night, scoring a 25-19, 25-11, 25- 17 win against the Northeastern Clinton Cougars.
Sam Banker had 13 assists and eight aces for the Indians (11-2), while Paige Moore had five aces, three kills and nine digs and Abby Higgins had 12 kills and 14 digs.
Stephanie LaValley had five points and nine assists for the Cougars (2-10).
On senior night for both teams, the Plattsburgh Hornets swim team scored a 123-46 victory over the Peru Indians Oct. 21.
The Hornets won all three relay events, while Cara Sorensen won in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Alexis Kelley scored wins in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke; Taylor Hall won in the 200 medley and 500 freestyle; Brooke Kelley won in the 200 freestyle; and Kelsey Primard won in the 100 breaststroke.
In Moriah, the AuSable Valley Patriots scored a 118-46 win over Moriah, as the Patriots scored wins in each of the relay events and scored wins in six of the eight individual swims.
Raychel Agoney won in the 100 freestyle, while Alexis Provost won in the 500 freestyle, Emily McCormick won the 200 freestyle, Alexis Facteau won the 200 medley, Cassandra Snow won the 100 backstroke and Sidney Murphy won the 100 breaststroke.
The Seton Catholic Knights boys and girls cross country teams won each of their matchups in a meet with Plattsburgh High and Saranac Lake Oct. 21.
Mitchell Ryan finished first for the Knights in the boys' race in a time of 16:12, who won by scores of 24-31 over the Hornets and 15-50 over the Red Storm.
Jeriqho Gadway crossed the line for the Hornets in 16:20, while Barrett Waling (Seton, 16:53), Borge Wiik (PHS, 17:29), Chris Bower (Seton, 17:52), Keenan Hunt-Stone (PHS, 17:54) and Evan Paige (Seton, 18:03) followed. Chris Willett finished in 12th for the Red Storm with a time of 18:51. The Hornets scored a 15-50 win over the Red Storm.
In the girls race, Margaret Champagne crossed the line in 18:59 to lead the Knights to a 20-35 win over the Hornets and a 15-50 win over Saranac Lake. Emma Deshaies finished second for the Hornets (19:10) as she was followed by Phoebe Christopher (Seton, 20:17), Elena Beideck (SLCS, 21:07), Melissa Whyman (Seton, 21:14) and Maddy Munn (Seton, 21:43).
Zoe Tyler finished eighth (22:20) and Jacinda Riggs finished 10th (23:19) as the Red Storm scored a 27-28 win over the Hornets.
(Photo galleries available from the AVCS-PHS soccer game, cross country meet, PHS-Peru swim meet and Peru-AuSable Valley football game)