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Peru and Beekmantown to decide Class B football championship

Beekmantown receiver Luke Weaver reaches out for a touchdown grab against Saranac Oct. 29.

Beekmantown receiver Luke Weaver reaches out for a touchdown grab against Saranac Oct. 29. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Class B football semifinal round gave a workout to scoreboards, with 93 points scored in the two games.

However, there was only seven points scored by the two teams that saw their seasons end Oct. 29.

The top-seeded Peru Indians scored a 52-7 victory over Gouverneur, while the second-seeded Eagles posted a 34-0 shutout victory against the Saranac Chiefs.

The Indians scored 45 points in the first half, with Shawn Hendrix scoring three times on the ground and rushing for 138 yards. Alex Cederstrom added two scores and 48 yards rushing, while Taylor Rock was 69 passing yards, including a 20-yard scoring strike to Zane Bazzano.

The Eagles, meanwhile, made a defensive statement in their game against the Chiefs, holding quarterback Ben Weightman to 16 yards rushing and 73 passing yards on 6-fo-15 passing, along with four interceptions.

“We played great defensively,” Eagles head coach Jamie Lozier said. “We needed to be consistent on defense and exploit what was there for us offensively.”

Eagles quarter- and cornerback Carter Frechette embodied both of those goals, as he finished with 170 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-18 passing, ran for 44 yards and another score while recovering a fumble and getting one of the four interceptions.

“The defense was flying around to the ball,” Frechette said.

Frechette connected on all three touchdown passes with Luke Weaver, who finished with 62 receiving yards.

“He is an unbelievable quarterback,” Weaver said about Frechette. “He puts the ball where it needs to be every time.”

“Our passing game is number one when you have Carter, Luke and Devon (Backes, who caught a 60-yard pass to set up the Eagles opening score) rolling,” Lozier said.

The Moriah Vikings are the three-time defending Section VII/Class D champions, and on Oct. 28, they proved that the only way to be the champ is to beat them.

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