Change a few plays here and there, and Amsterdam is a .500 team rather than a winless one heading into its Class A football game Friday at Mohonasen.
“We watch film on Sundays and break it down,” first-year Amsterdam coach John Homich said. “The mistakes that have happened have come at the worst times.”
Little miscues throughout, and big ones late in games, turned winnable games into setbacks in Amsterdam’s last two outings against Ballston Spa (34-31) and Averill Park (41-40). The Ballston Spa game ended on a Scotties’ touchdown pass as time expired. The Averill Park game included a missed 2-point conversion by the Rams in the final seconds.
“We’ve been putting together drives and have been working so hard,” Homich said. “Luck hasn’t been on our side.”
The Rams opened their campaign a week late after a COVID-19 pause, and lost to one of Section II top Class A teams in Troy (55-6) and afterward to La Salle (25-8).
“The past two weeks could have gone either way,” Homich said. “We could have packed it in or fought back, and we fought back. We lost in the last minute of each game, and that hurt. We’re hoping this week is different.”
It looked as though the Rams were headed toward a victory last Friday when Jhai Vellon threw a scoring pass to Tommy Ziskin inside the final minute as they went up 31-28. Andrew Kramer hit Owen Walsh for a Ballston Spa touchdown soon after.
“Last week we had a lot of confidence that we were going to turn the corner,” Homich said. “If I could take three seconds away I would.”
Mohonasen (2-3) is coming off a 32-12 win over Columbia. Ballston Spa is the only common opponent of Mohonasen and Amsterdam, and the Mighty Warriors lost to the Scotties 20-6 earlier in the “Fall II” season.
“We have to play smart, disciplined football on both sides, but especially on defense,” Homich said. “If we do what we’re supposed to do and continue to show the fight like we have, I believe we can get over the hump.”
Amsterdam’s last win, in Week 7 of the 2019 season against La Salle (21-19), was decided in the final seconds when the Cadets lined up for a field goal but never got it off as the Rams swarmed the holder.