ROTTERDAM — The Amsterdam football team was on the cusp of delivering first-year head coach John Homich’s first win, but Mohonasen didn’t allow it.
Mohonasen senior Jake Deguire made sure of that.
Down by two scores late in the first half, Mohonasen rallied for a 15-12 Class A win. Deguire suffered a separated left shoulder early in the contest, but stayed in the game and scored both Mohonasen (2-2) touchdowns and made a key late defensive play to seal the win.
Deguire, Mohonasen’s quarterback and a two-way starter, suffered his injury on the first play from scrimmage on defense.
“It came out of place, but they popped it back in,” Deguire said after the game, his shoulder iced and wrapped in place against his body.
Deguire didn’t miss an offensive snap and ran the ball 17 times for 60 yards. Besides his two touchdowns, he ran for a key 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter.
Mohonasen head coach John Gallo gushed about the work ethic and determination of Deguire after the win.
“If you had 25 of him, you could take over a small country,” Gallo said.
Amsterdam quarterback Tommy Ziskin put the Rams ahead with a 5-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. After a three-and-out by the Warriors, Ziskin finished off a five-play, 52-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown run to put Amsterdam ahead 12-0 late in the second quarter.
On Amsterdam’s next possession, Mohonasen’s Alex Gannon picked off a Ziskin pass at midfield and returned it to the Rams’ 6. Two plays later, Deguire pushed the ball in from the 1-yard line for the score to close out the first half.
Holding onto a 12-7 lead to open the fourth quarter, Amsterdam’s Louie Gonzalez intercepted a Deguire pass at midfield, but the Rams’ excitement was short-lived, as a targeting call against Amsterdam negated the change of possession and kept the Warriors’ drive alive.
“The mental breakdowns that we have come at the worst possible time,” Homich said. “Being up 12-0, we have a turnover that leads to a touchdown. We get a turnover, and we get a penalty.”
Seven plays later, Deguire ran over the right side for a 5-yard touchdown before successfully running in for the 2-point conversion and a 15-12 lead.
“Toward the end of the game, the holes were huge,” Deguire said. “We don’t stop blocking; our blockers did a great job the whole game.”
Amsterdam (0-5) put together a late drive, moving the ball to the Mohonasen 15-yard line, but Deguire spoiled the Ram’s chances for its first win of the year, intercepting the ball at the 1-yard line.
An offsides call against an anxious Amsterdam defense moved the ball to the 6-yard line, and three more runs by Deguire ran out the clock.
Amsterdam 0 12 0 0 – 12
Mohonasen 0 7 0 8 – 15
A — Ziskin 5 run (kick failed)
A — Ziskin 18 run (run failed)
M — Deguire 1 run (Shendler kick)
M — Deguire 5 run (Deguire run)