Evan Cobb of AVCS is tackled by a host of Peru defenders.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
Clintonville 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.”