Amsterdam’s Mikey Gomez (3) slips through the grip of Gloversville’s William “Buck” Galster (5) on the way to a 52-yard touchdown run during Saturday’s game at Lynch Literacy Academy. (Adam Shinder/Recorder staff)
By ADAM SHINDER
After a sloppy start, the Amsterdam Rugged Rams unleashed their running game Saturday afternoon and emphatically pounded their way to a win over the Gloversville Huskies.
Eight days after being held to minus-41 rushing yards in a shutout loss to Queensbury, the Rams got their momentum back in the Section II Class A football playoff race in a big way by racking up 363 rushing yards on 39 attempts and getting 100-plus yards from both Mikey Gomez and Jaden Fallen in a 34-17 Homecoming victory on a sweltering day at Lynch Literacy Academy.
Gomez ran for 135 yards on 12 carries, scoring on runs of 48 and 52 yards. The senior also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Fallen, who had a slow start to the season after recovering from a foot fracture that slowed his preseason work, rumbled for 113 yards on just nine carries, with 109 yards coming in the second half. Jake Greco added 75 yards on the ground for the Rams (3-1, 3-1 Class A), while Trey Holloway was 6-of-11 passing for 107 yards and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
The Rams powered their way to victory in the second half, but struggled early as Gloversville (0-4, 0-3) took a 7-0 lead on William “Buck” Galster’s quarterback sneak for a touchdown late in the first quarter. Amsterdam answered on Gomez’s 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but the Rams turned the ball over on downs late in the first half and the Huskies responded with a 10-play drive to set up Brent Muhlberger’s 25-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half for a 10-7 lead at intermission.
Amsterdam came out running in the second half and orchestrated a seven-play drive culminated by Holloway scoring on a quarterback sneak for a 14-10 lead, only to see Gloversville go back in front three plays later when Galster found Julian Deumaga open behind the defense for a 68-yard touchdown.
From that point on, the Rams took over. A key fourth-down conversion near midfield by Greco kept Amsterdam’s next drive alive, and key runs by Deanthony Colon and Fallen got the Rams in range for the go-ahead touchdown when Holloway flipped a 1-yard pass to an uncovered Ryan Bradt.
Following a Gloversville 3-and-out, the Rams drove 63 yards in three plays, with Gomez breaking loose for a 48-yard touchdown to make it 28-17 just before the third quarter buzzer sounded.
The Huskies had a chance to get back in the game early in the fourth quarter when they got the ball in Amsterdam territory following a fumble, but the Amsterdam defense stiffened and forced a turnover when Colon intercepted Galster’s fourth-down pass. Amsterdam responded by marching 87 yards in two plays — a 64-yard run by Fallen, then a 23-yard touchdown pass from Holloway to Gomez that saw the ball nearly intercepted by Gloversville’s Kameren Port, only for it to be deflected and caught by Gomez without breaking his stride.
Amsterdam outgained Gloversville, 470-294. Jared Malagisi ran for 93 yards on 12 carries to lead the Huskies, while Galster ran for 66 yards and a touchdown while finishing 6-of-16 for 72 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Amsterdam will be back in action Friday with a road game against Averill Park, while Gloversville will host its Homecoming game Saturday at 2 p.m. against Green Tech.
For more on the game, see Monday’s edition of The Recorder and check back at www.recordernews.com.