QUEENSBURY - In a game full of big plays, Queensbury posted a 59-26 victory over Amsterdam in the Section II Class A football semifinals Saturday at Queensbury High School.
The Spartans scored on six runs of 40 yards or more on their way to the win.
Brett Rodriguez opened the scoring for Queensbury, racing for a 71-yard touchdown run on the Spartans' second play from scrimmage.
Amsterdam quarterback Julian Gallup (9) throws downfield during Saturday’s Section II Class A semifinal game against Queensbury at Queensbury High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Amsterdam's JV Valentin answered two plays later, catching a 46-yard pass from Julian Gallup to tie the game at 7-7.
The see-saw battle continued as Queensbury scored on a 54-yard run by Kalen Minott, who followed a 40-yard TD run to make it 21-7 after one quarter.
Amsterdam cut into the lead once again on the first play of the second quarter, which saw Bryan Stanavich scamper for a 78-yard touchdown run to make it 21-14.
SECTION II FOOTBALL
Class A Semifinals
Queensbury 59, Amsterdam 26
Class B Semifinals
Broadalbin-Perth 41, Cohoes 32
Class C Semifinals
Hoosick Falls 36, Fonda-Fultonville 0
Chatham 52, Corinth 6
Class D Semifinals
Rensselaer 42, Greenwich 34
Cambridge 58, Salem 24
The touchdown trading resumed with Eric Wettersten scoring on a 43-yard run for the Spartans, only to have Amsterdam's Stanavich answer with a 27-yard run.
Rodriguez hauled in a 32-yard pass from Aidan Switzer to close out the first-half scoring, making it 33-20 at the break.
In the second half, the Spartans took control, scoring four straight touchdowns to surge to a 59-20 lead.
Rodriguez scored on a 64-yard run for Queensbury in the third quarter.
Wettersten, Michael DiTroia and James Kassebaum scored fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 18, 17 and 40 yards, respectively, for Queensbury.
Hector Diaz scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter for the Rugged Rams for the game's final points.
The Spartans also won the regular-season meeting between the teams, 48-28, on Oct. 4.
Queensbury (9-0) will face Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the Section II Class A championship game next Saturday at Shenendehowa High School at 7 p.m.
Amsterdam finished its season with a 5-4 overall record.
Queensbury 59, Amsterdam 26
Amsterdam7 13 0 6 - 26
Queensbury21 12 6 20 - 59
Q - Rodriguez 71 run (Morrell kick)
A - Valentin 46 pass from Gallup (Pritchard kick)
Q - Minott 54 run (kick failed)
Q - Minott 40 run (Rodriguez run)
A - Stanavich 78 run (Pritchard kick)
Q - E. Wettersten 43 run (kick failed)
A - Stanavich 27 run (kick blocked)
Q - Rodriguez 32 pass from Switzer (kick failed)
Q - Rodriguez 64 run (kick failed)
Q - E. Wettersten 18 run (Morrell kick)
Q - DiTroia 17 run (Morrell kick)
Q - Kassebaum 40 run (kick failed)
A - Diaz 1 run (kick blocked)