Schalmont returned to the Class B state semifinals with a 25-20 victory over Peru of Section VII in a regional game Saturday at AuSable Valley High School.
The 11-0 Sabres take on Croton-Harmon of Section I Saturday at 3 p.m. at Dietz Stadium. Croton Harmon rolled past Marlboro of Section IX, 46-3, in their regional Friday night.
Nico Nicoletti threw for one touchdown and ran for two more to lead the Sabres.
Nicoletti scored on a 10-yard run in the opening quarter and then tacked on the PAT himself. The Sabres extended their lead to 13-0 on a 44-yard Nicoletti run, but his PAT failed.
Schalmont stretched its advantage to 19-0 at halftime following a 22-yard TD strike from Nicoletti to Alex Hildebrand.
Schalmont also scored first in the second half, pushing its lead to 25-0 after Kyle Strube scored on a four-yard run.
But Peru scored the final 20 points of the game.
Mike Holdridge hauled in a
42-yard TD pass from Taylor Rock, and then Rock bulled over from the one-yard to cut the Peru deficit to 25-12.
Jeff Kurz scored on a two-yard run, and Tyler Murphy caught a conversion pass from Rock to complete the scoring.
Schalmont 13 6 6 0 — 25
Peru 0 0 12 8 — 20
S — Nicoletti 10 run (Nicoletti kick).
S — Nicoletti 44 run (kick failed).
S — Hildebrand 22 pass from Nicoletti (pass failed).
S — Strube 4 run (pass failed).
P —Holdridge 42 pass form Rock (kick failed).
P — Rock 1 run (pass failed).
P — Kurz 2 run (Murphy pass from Rock).