Sunday, October 24, 2021

Amsterdam football rallies for homecoming in dramatic fashion

AMSTERDAM – After a “Fall II” football season without a win in March and April that included just one home game in front of sparse crowds, the Amsterdam Rugged Rams made the most of their return to the field at Lynch Literacy Academy on Saturday afternoon .

In front of a capacity crowd, Amsterdam rallied from 14 points down and executed a two-point conversion with their emergency quarterback, before a fine set of hands sealed the game in a 29–28 homecoming win over Avril Park. turned away from .

Amsterdam’s only Fall II home football game was a competition against La Salle to be played in the mid-afternoon on Friday, with a crowd limited to two spectators per athlete and without the Amsterdam Marching Rams and Majorettes to perform.

Down 28–14 at the start of the third quarter, Amsterdam responded with a nine-play, 87-yard drive on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jhye Wellen to pull Tyrell Douglas within a score.

Down 28-21, Amsterdam owned the fourth quarter – the good and the bad – making the final 12 minutes something of a future Ram lore.

Amsterdam (2–0 Class A Capital Division, 3–0 on aggregate) needed more than 11 minutes to build a two-step forward, one-step back drive.

The Rams retrieved two if their own fumble, a 35-yard touchdown run by Garrett McHard, was denied by an illegal block on a back penalty and coach John Homich to use his final timeout with four minutes remaining. force to. Then, Rams fans saw Wylan stretched out on the game of a broken pass, running down the middle to barely secure the first down after a measure.

“You can’t write a better script than this for me at the moment,” Homich said. “Our fans really packed this house today, and it was a real Amsterdam tradition, the advantage of the home field. They were loud, very loud for us and they brought it.”

During the back-and-forth drive, the raucous boo towards the officials on Rams’ penalty was quickly forgotten when Vallone kept the drive alive with Louis González in fourth and -10 pass play.

In the next game, Whelan found Cesar Thompson in the left corner of the end zone, tossing the ball up for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining in the game.

“Zhy and I, we’ve been playing for a while,” Thompson said. “I gave him a little hand signal and just threw it and I just had to go and get it. I like to throw him up because I can jump higher than most defenders.”

Whelan was hit on release and stalled on the turf, had a cramp in his leg, and was helped off the field.

One point down, 28–27, Homeich went on to win, as he did with Avril Park (1–1, 2–2) in the team’s Fall II meeting, when the Rams lost 41–40. was stopped to seal.

“We went for it in Fall II for two, but we’re getting it this time,” Homich said. “I looked everyone in the eye, and I didn’t have to say anything. From that look alone I knew those kids were about to come in.”

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Those children did not include Velan, who had to be ruled out of the game after coming out with an injury.

Gonzalez then called his number up for a crucial two-point conversion.

“Our backup quarterback, his shoulder is a little off, so it’s me, I played the quarterback a little bit,” Gonzalez said. He [Homich] Called me and I said ‘Uh, oh, I’m going to quarterback.'”

Gonzalez hid his emotions as he set in the backfield for the crucial photo.

“I didn’t know the play, I said I had to get mine” [Baltimore Ravens quarterback] Lamar Jackson up now,” he said. “All the pressure was on me, praise God, he was there.”

Gonzalez bolted to the right corner of the end zone and gave up two precious points and took a 29-28 lead with 28 seconds to spare.

But the Rams still had to kill the Warriors – something that earned them a victory in the closing seconds on the road at Avril Park last year.

The 25-yard return put the ball over midfield for the Warriors with 22 seconds remaining.

Avril Park quarterback Gavin Giordano broke for another 10-yard advantage, but his pass toward the Rams bench was knocked over by Thompson.

“I watched the movie [him], he was her go-to man,” Thompson said. “I was just looking inside [receiver Nicholas Galuski’s] Eyes and eyes got bigger. I knew the ball was in the air, so I had to swing the ball. In my opinion, it was the biggest game of the game.”

One play later, Javier Acevedo blocked Giordano’s pass at the goal line as time ran out to seal the homecoming victory.

For Homich, while Saturday was his third career coaching win in Amsterdam in his first two seasons, it may be the most memorable.

“There was a 14-point swing at the end of the half, and we weren’t happy,” Homich said. “They never got down. They could have been scared and let it eat them, but they didn’t.

“We saw that we were taking advantage on offense, we knew we could stop them on defense, we just needed to make sure we cleaned up the special team stuff a little bit. When he fell into place And we started pinning them a little deeper than ours, so it all worked out for us.”

Avril Park 0 21 7 0 — 28
Amsterdam 0 14 7 8 – 29

AP – Temple 5 runs (kick fail)

Ames — McHard, 4 runs (covey kick)

AIIMS — Velan, 1 run (covey kick)

AP – Galuski 41 Pass from Giordano (Giordano Run)

AP – Giordano 2 runs (Giordano kick)

AP – Giordano to Rizzo 20 pass (Giordano kick)

AMS – Douglas 8 Wellen pass (covey kick)

AMS – Thompson 10 Wellen to Pass (Gonzalez Run)

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