Wrapping up Week 3 of the Section II football season

Amsterdam quarterback Jhai Vellon runs with the ball against Mohonasen Saturday.
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Amsterdam quarterback Jhai Vellon runs with the ball against Mohonasen Saturday.

SECTION II Week 3 of the Section II football season is in the books. 

Before we turn our attention fully to Week 4, here’s one last look back at several notable moments from this past week’s football action.

THE COACH CAN BE A FAN

Amsterdam rushed for 183 yards and threw for 250 in its 35-12 win over Mohonasen on Saturday. When asked if he ever allows himself to enjoy what the Rams are capable of doing, head coach John Homich admitted that he does.

“It is a good feeling when what you go through and put your game plans in throughout the week and actually seeing it run 100 percent and everybody’s doing their job,” Homich said. “And watching Jhai [Vellon] do his thing, and our backs, and even our line. It is a good feeling seeing them come together and jelling as one heartbeat. We stress throughout the year, ‘We want 42 guys beating as one,’ and you know, they’re starting to get to that point right now.”

CLUTCH POINTS

Saratoga Springs wide receiver Gordon Murray has a knack for coming up big at the big moments.

It’s something he previously showed in a different sport last winter when, at the Section II Class A wrestling tournament, he came out on top in a wild scramble with teammate Vito Spatafora to win the 152-pound championship in an overtime match.

Murray was big in the clutch again on Friday when he caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Rodell Evans in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter — including the 28-yard game-winner as time expired — as the Blue Streaks cemented themselves as a Section II Class AA playoff contender with an 18-14 comeback win over Guilderland.

BEST PLAY DIDN’T COUNT

It would have been one for the Section II highlight film if it counted. 

With Gloversville leading Scotia-Glenville 28-6 in the fourth quarter, the Huskies pulled off a nifty play that ended up being brought back by a holding call.

Nicholas Bradt took a handoff and was hit for a loss. He fumbled the ball in the air back to fellow running back Kyle Robare, who caught it and ran 33 yards for an apparent touchdown.

ON THE RUN

Johnstown junior running back Ryan Hoyt has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the SIr Bills’ three games this season.

In Friday’s 31-14 win over Hudson at Knox Field. Hoyt gained 181 yards and scored twice on 16 carries. Hoyt also had two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. The bulk of Johnstown’s yards came on the ground as they piled up 300 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. 

Hoyt has 504 yards and four touchdown on 52 carries this season for Johnstown.

In the Sir Bills’ 49-13 loss to Fonda-Fultonville on Sept. 16, Hoyt had 121 yards on 22 carries. 

In Johnstown’s season-opening, 35-0 victory at Coxsackie-Athens, Hoyt finished with 202 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

The Sir Bills are slated to travel to Cobleskill-Richmondville on Friday for a 7 p.m. Class C South Division contest.

GOING THE DISTANCE

Schalmont shuffled through a tough start to its season, dropping games to each of last year’s Section II Class B Super Bowl representatives — Gloversville and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk — by a combined score of 77-18.

Coach Joe Whipple’s Sabres seem to have gotten their legs under them, rolling past Green Tech and Cohoes by a combined 98-0 to get to 2-2.

The Sabres put up a litany of big plays in Friday’s 52-0 win over Cohoes, none bigger than the 99-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Woodrom — who finished 5 of 7 for 208 yards — to receiver Josh Escobales.

Schalmont  hosts Scotia-Glenville on Friday in a crucial matchup for the Class B playoff picture.

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