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Amsterdam football improves to 5-0

Amsterdam’s Matthew Miller with the ball against Troy’s Jasir Sobers during the high school football game at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam on Friday, October 15, 2021.
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Amsterdam’s Matthew Miller with the ball against Troy’s Jasir Sobers during the high school football game at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam on Friday, October 15, 2021.

AMSTERDAM — If it’s make hay while the sun shines, it must be make points when the rain falls.

And fall it did Friday at Lynch Academy — hard. But it had Amsterdam singing to the tune of a 24-0 win over Troy in a Class A Capital Division game.

The game was delayed for almost an hour just before halftime, due to thunder and lightning.

Amsterdam improved to 3-0 in the division and 5-0 overall. Troy fell to 1-2 and 1-4.

The Rams struck on their first possession — after an impressive opening drive by Troy ended with a Xaveir Acevedo’s interception. The Rams used seven consecutive runs to strike paydirt with Jhai Vellon running it in from five yards out. 

The down pour led to good field position for the Rams’ second score. Troy’s punter mishandled the snap and was tackled on his own seven. Matthew Miller made it a 14-0 lead with his one-yard run with 5:04 left in the second.

Then, it didn’t take long for the Rams to use the rain to their benefit again. Their kickoff squirted past a Troy player down to the three before he landed on the ball. Two plays later, Troy quarterback Donoven Haffner was sacked in the end zone for a safety.

Amsterdam’s final score of the game was also set up by special teams. The Rams blocked a punt and started at Troy’s 16. Vellon ran it in from the nine just before the first of multiple lightning strikes.

After a 58-minute delay, the Rams added the two-point conversion.

There were some passes attempted in the second half, but the Rams — known for their weapons in the passing game — seemed content to run the ball. Amsterdam finished with 142 yards rushing; pretty impressive for a night that drove most of the crowd home during the delay. Vellon led the way with 82 of them.

Troy 0 0 0 0 — 0

Amsterdam 6 18 0 0 — 24

A — Vellon 5 run (kick blocked)

A — Miller 1 run (Vellon run)

A — Safety, Haffner tackled in end zone

A — Vellon 9 run (McHeard run)

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