AMSTERDAM — For John Audino, it was the perfect time to take a shot.
The La Salle Institute football coach had already seen his offense suffer one disaster when backed against its own goal line Friday afternoon against Amsterdam, when Bo Catherwood was tackled in the end zone for a safety on the Cadets’ first offensive play.
With the team again backed up at its 1-yard line midway through the second quarter, Audino put the ball in the hands of junior quarterback Eddie Yamin, who launched a deep pass down the left sideline to senior wide receiver Brady Fenton.
Ninety-nine yards later, Fenton was in the end zone, and La Salle was in front for good, pulling away for a 25-8 Class A Capital Division win over Amsterdam.
“I’ve always believed that’s the best place to throw the football from, believe it or not,” said Audino, the former long-time head football coach at Union College. “Our kids executed. We blocked, protected the passer, and Eddie threw a nice ball to Brady.”
The 99-yard touchdown was a shock to the system for an Amsterdam (0-2) defense that had swarmed La Salle over the game’s first 18 minutes, allowing just two first downs while producing two interceptions and a safety.
“It was a great coaching call on their part,” Amsterdam coach John Homich said. “We were aggressive on defense, they saw something and did it at the right time.”
“It’s a game of blows, really,” Amsterdam senior lineman James Shatas said. “We’ve just got to keep fighting.”
La Salle (1-1) took the game over in the second half behind senior running back Catherwood, who piled up 117 of his game-high 141 rushing yards and scored all three of his touchdowns after halftime.
Amsterdam struggled on offense for the second straight week. After dropping its opener to Troy 55-6, Amsterdam once again came away from a game with only a single touchdown.
The Rams — who were playing their first game on the renovated turf field at Lynch Literacy Academy — had eight drives that pushed into La Salle territory, but didn’t produce points on the first seven of those opportunities.
Amsterdam’s offense finally cashed in on a 38-yard pass from Tommy Ziskin to Ceasar Thompson that made it 18-8 with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter, but La Salle’s Nassir Young broke up the ensuing two-point conversion pass intended for Thompson to keep it a two-possession game.
“It’s a little frustrating, on all ends,” Homich said. “We left a lot of points on the field. We did. . . . We’ve got to correct it. We have to. We’re a better team than what we’re playing like right now.”
Amsterdam is back on the road this coming Friday to face Averill Park.
La Salle 0 6 6 13 — 25
Amsterdam 2 0 0 6 — 8
A — Safety
L — Fenton 99 pass from Yamin (Pass fail)
L — Catherwood 10 run (Run fail)
L — Catherwood 2 run (Kick fail)
A — Thompson 38 pass from Ziskin (Pass fail)
L — Catherwood 20 run (Miklas kick)