GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Huskies simply couldn't stop the Amsterdam Rams Friday, falling 55-40 in a high-octane offensive battle at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field.
The Gloversville (2-2) defense had no answer for sophomore running back Bryan Stanavich, who rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns in his first game starting for the injured Gabriel Mendez.
"The line did a great job blocking and they made holes," said Stanavich. "I just hit them."
Gloversville’s Dante Glaster (27) breaks into the open for a big gain against Amsterdam in Class A Northwest action Friday night at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Quarterback Julian Gallup and the Rams (3-1) rushed out to an early 7-0 lead when Gallup hit Dal Orengo for a 72-yard touchdown. Gloversville answered by putting together a long drive that culminated with an 18-yard touchdown scamper by Dante Galster, his first of two 18-yard touchdown runs on the night. His second came during Gloversville's first possession of the second quarter and put Gloversville up 12-7.
Stanavich rushed for his first score of the game on Amsterdam's next drive to retake the lead. Quantel McGee received the ensuing kickoff for Gloversville, dropping the ball at the 15-yard line before recovering and sprinting through a hole untouched for an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown.
"[McGee] is a speedster," said Amsterdam head coach Doug Edick. "We knew they had athletes and we knew we had to stop them."
The teams traded scores throughout the quarter, totaling 40 points between the two of them.
Gallup and Stanavich connected on a 26-yard pass play to begin Amsterdam's next drive, which ended with a 40-yard touchdown run for Stanavich. Barnhill and the Huskies found success through the air on their next series, with Barnhill finding Galster and McGee for long gains before running the ball in from 23 yards out to give Gloversville a 25-21 lead. The lead would be the last one Gloversville would own Friday, as Amsterdam's Hector Diaz did his best Quantel McGee impression by returning a kickoff 93 yards for the final score of the half.
"Offense was flying around tonight," said Gloversville head coach Jared Bongo. "I think both defenses struggled tonight stopping the other."
Diaz added another rushing touchdown for Amsterdam late in the third quarter; it was the only score of the quarter for either team.
The fourth quarter brought more of the high-scoring back-and-forth action that dominated the second quarter. David Vandenabeele rushed for a 22-yard touchdown for Gloversville, but the Rams'tandem of Stanavich and Diaz pounded the ground repeatedly before Stanavich broke off a 22-yard touchdown run. Gallup rolled out of the pocket and found J.V. Valentin down the sideline for a 38-yard score on the Rams'next drive to put some distance between themselves and the Huskies.
"[Gallup] moves around so much and he does a great job finding people," said Bongo. "He had two touchdowns that way."
Barnhill and Stanavich traded rushing touchdowns late in the quarter, but time ran out on the Huskies.
"Football is a simple game," said Bongo. "It comes down to blocking and tackling. Simply enough, we didn't do it."
In the battle of left handed quarterbacks, Gallup passed for 188 yards and two scores, while Barnhill threw for 165 yards and rushed for 88 and two scores. Galster rushed for 96 yards for the Huskies, while Diaz added 115 rushing yards to Stanavich's 242 for a total of 357 yards on the ground for the Rams.
"They have good skill players, we have good skill players," said Bongo. "But like I told my kids, you can't give up 55 points and expect to win the game."
Gloversville will look to regroup next Friday as they take on Bishop Maginn at home. The Rams will welcome the Queensbury Spartans.
Amsterdam 55, Gloversville 40
Amsterdam 7 21 7 20 - 55
Gloversville 6 19 0 15 - 40
A - Orengo 72 pass from Gallup (Pritchard kick)
G - Galster 18 run (kick blocked)
G - Galster 18 run (2 point failed)
A - Stanavich 34 run (Pritchard kick)
G - McGee 85 kickoff return (Vandenabeele kick)
A - Stanavich 40 run (Pritchard kick)
G - Barnhill 23 run (2 point failed)
A - Diaz 93 kickoff return (Pritchard kick)
A - Diaz 1 run (Pritchard kick)
G - Vandenabeele 22 run (Vandenabeele kick)
A - Stanavich 22 run (Pritchard kick)
A - Valentin 38 pass from Gallup (Pritchard kick)
G - Barnhill 4 run (2 point good)
A - Stanavich 34 run (kick blocked)