Completed Week 3 of the Football Season of Section II – The Daily Gazette

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

Before we dive into Week 4 in full, here’s a final recap of some notable moments from last week’s football action.

THE COACH CAN BE A FAN

Amsterdam ran 183 yards and threw 250 yards in Saturday’s 35-12 win over Mohonasen. When asked if he would ever allow himself to enjoy what the Rams are capable of, head coach John Homich admitted he does.

“It’s a good feeling when you go through everything all week and bring in your game plans and actually see that everything is going 100 percent and everyone is doing their job,” said Homich. “And I’m watching Jhai [Vellon] does its thing, and our backs, and even our line. It’s a good feeling to see them come together and gel like a heartbeat. We say all year long, ‘We want 42 guys to hit as one,’ and you know, they’re just starting to get to that point.”

COUPLING POINTS

Saratoga Springs wide receiver Gordon Murray has a knack for making it big in the big moments.

That’s something he showed in another sport last winter when he came out on top at the Section II Class A wrestling tournament in a frenzy with teammate Vito Spatafora for the 152-pound championship in a win an overtime match.

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

BEST PLAY DID NOT COUNT

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

After Gloversville led Scotia-Glenville 28-6 in the fourth quarter, the Huskies pulled off a nifty play that was eventually 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 Kyle Robare, who ran it back, 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 caught twice on 16 carries. Hoyt also had two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. The majority of Johnstown’s yards came down as they piled for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.

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

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

In Johnstown’s season-opener, a 35-0 win at Coxsackie-Athens, Hoyt finished for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

The Sir Bills are expected to travel to Cobleskill-Richmondville for a Class C South Division competition at 7pm on Friday.

BRIDGE THE DISTANCE

Schalmont has had a difficult start to the season, losing games to each of last year’s Super Bowl Section II Class B representatives – Gloversville and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk – by an aggregate score of 77-18.

Coach Joe Whipple’s Sabers seem to have gotten their legs under their feet, rolling past Green Tech and Cohoes on a combined 98-0 to go 2-2.

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

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

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