Second-half surge sends Rams past Huskies

Gloversville's Jared Malagisi (25) looks for running room against the Amsterdam Rams during Saturday's Class A contest at the Lynch Literacy Academy. (The Leader-Herald/james A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — With both teams looking to shake off tough Week 3 losses, the Gloversville Huskies and Amsterdam Rams squared off Saturday afternoon at the Lynch Literacy Academy.

With temperatures in the mid-80s the Rams rallied for 27 second half points to celebrate their Homecoming with a 34-17 victory over Gloversville.

“You could definitely tell the light roster did make a difference,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “We have some guys who can play but when you have 22 on the bench, the guys were wiped out. No excuse, you still have to get the job done. Today just came down to missed tackles. We were in the spots to make plays and didn’t. Hats off to their guys, they made plays but I thought it was pretty much an even battle all day.”

Gloversville struck first in the Class A matchup.

Starting on their own 32, the Huskies put together a four-minute drive featuring a31-yard run from Jared Malagisi and a 14 yard sprint by William Galster. The senior quarterback finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge and Brent Muhlberger kicked the extra point for a 7-0 at the end of the opening quarter.

Amsterdam's Deanthony Colon (18) looks on as Gloversville's Julien Deumaga (4) stretches out in an attempt to catch a pass during Class A action Saturday afternoon at the Lynch Literacy Academy. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Amsterdam responded on their second possession of the second quarter when Mikey Gomez broke through the line for a 52-yard touchdown run. Misha Murdoch kicked the extra point to tie the game at seven with 8:33 left in the half.

The Huskies took over on downs on their own 45 with 4:20 left in the half and, with the help of a pass interference call, moved the ball to the 8 yard line. With five seconds showing on the clock, Muhlberger put the 25-yard field goal attempt through the uprights to put Gloversville up 10-7 at the half.

The Rams came out strong on the opening drive of the second half and with the help of a 45-yard run by Jake Greco, moved the ball down field in a three-minute, seven-play scoring drive capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Trey Holloway and Murdoch’s kick put Amsterdam back in front 14-10.

“We went back to the basics in practice,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “We didn’t have a great start. Defensively, a couple of penalties hurt us and we need to clean them up. I thought our defense did pretty good in the first half and our offense not so well and special teams were good all game. The second half our offensive line came out and blocked and our defense held up in the second half as well.”

The lead did not last long as the Huskies scored on the en suing drive.

Facing third-and-4, Galster scrambled toward the left sideline before firing a strike to Julien Deumaga who carried the ball 68 yards into the end zone. Muhlberger again added the extra point to put Gloversville up 17-14 with 7:16 left in the third quarter.

Amsterdam answered the scoring play with a 10 play scoring drive with big runs from Greco and Jaden Fallen to set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Holloway to Ryan Bradt. Murdoch’s PAT kick was good and the Rams went back in front 21-17.

This time the Rams defense held Gloversville to a 3-and-out and would gain possession of the ball on their 37-yard line.

Gomez did the work, carrying the ball three times on runs of five, 10 and finished the drive with a 48-yard run up the middle for the touchdown to help build a 28-17 lead heading into the final quarter.

Gloversville moved the ball on its first possession of the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs on the Rams 44 yard line.

However, they got the ball right back when Anthony Albanese stripped the ball from Gomez and Korey Cotugno recovered the ball on the Amsterdam 46.

Gloversville could not capitalize on the turn over after driving the ball to the 30 with the help of a double-reverse play that ended with Petey Raldiris carrying the ball for a 15-yard gain.

The Rams defense came up with the big play on fourth-and-10 for the Huskies when Deanthony Colon stepped in front of a Galster pass intended for Deumaga to take over on their own 13.

On the first play from scrimmage Fallen broke a 64 yard run through the left side and sprinted 64 yards before being knocked out of bounds by Galster at the Gloversville 23.

The Rams caught a break on the next play when Holloway fired a pass over the middle that the Huskies Kameren Port deflected. However, Gomez dove under the deflected ball and caught it in the end zone for the touchdown with 8:03 remaining and a 34-17 score.

The Huskies moved the ball into the red zone on the next drive but Amsterdam knocked the ball away from Galster and gomez recovered the ball on the Amsterdam 12 yard line.

The Rams put together a long drive over the final four minutes of play to close out the 34-17 Class A victory.

“We are a team that tends to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Bongo said. “Unfortunately, we are not good enough to overcome that, yet. Their effort was there today. I am real proud of our guys, they battled their tail off today. When we face a quality team like Amsterdam we need to make sure we are dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s and sometimes we missed opportunities.”

Jared Malagisi had runs of 31 and 26 yards to lead the Gloversville rushers with 92 total rushing yards, while Galster finished with 55 yards rushing.

Gomez and Fallen both topped the 100-yard mark for the Rams. Gomez finished the game with 136 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving, while two touchdowns on the day.

Fallen, who recently returned to the lineup after missing the early season with a foot injury, carried the ball nine times for 110 yards.

Holloway completed six of 11 passing attempts for 107 yards and two touchdowns and ran one in.

“We needed the ground game,” Edick said. “Trey is our leader and he gets us going. When he completes passes it opens up the running game.”

Gloversville (0-4) will host Green Tech next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Husky Field in its Homecoming game.

The Rams (3-1) will take to the road for their next two games. Amsterdam will travel to play once-beaten Averill Park Friday night before going to play Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Saturday, Oct. 7.

“We are going in the right direction,” Edick said. “We are in the meat of our scheduled right now. Averill Park is very good. They challenged Burnt Hills last night and Burnt Hills is tough. But we are looking at just Averill Park right now and taking it one game and one practice at a time.”

Amsterdam 34, Gloversville 17

Gloversville 7 3 7 0 — 17

Amsterdam 0 7 21 6 — 34

First quarter

G — William Galster 1 run (Brent Muhlberger kick), 2:24

Second quarter

A — Mikey Gomez 52 run (Misha Murdoch kick), 8:33

G — Muhlberger 25 field goal. :05.

Third quarter

A — Trey Holloway 2 run (Murdoch kick), 9:01.

G — Julien Deumaga 68 pass from Galster (Muhlberger kick), 7:16.

A — Ryan Bradt 2 pass from Holloway (Murdoch kick), 2:48.

A — Gomez 48 run (Murdoch kick), :04.

Fourth quarter

A — Gomez 23 pass from Holloway (kick failed), 8:03.