Beekmantown 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.