Wrapping up Week 2 of the Section II football season

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Amsterdam receiver Louie Gonzalez, left, leaps in the air and bumps lineman Cody Hamm after a first-half touchdown against Queensbury in a Class A football showdown Friday at Wilbur Lynch Literary Academy in Amsterdam.

Section II Week 2 of the Section II football season is in the books. 

Before we turn our attention fully to Week 3, here’s one last look back at several notable moments from this past week’s football action.

A LOT TO LIKE, ENOUGH TO DISLIKE

The Amsterdam Rams had an up-and-down game in their 60-35 win over Queensbury Friday. While their offense had almost 500 yards from scrimmage, their defense took a full half to get adjusted to Queensbury’s double wing offense, and penalties hurt the Rams.

Amsterdam quarterback Jhai Vellon continues to be a dual threat running and passing, but Friday, he was the only Amsterdam rusher at halftime, with nine carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. Of course, his receiving corps was outstanding, especially in the second half, when all five of his completions went for touchdowns to Louie Gonzalez, Talon Hollingsworth, Caesar Thompson and Matthew Miller.

Defensively, Queensbury rushed for 130 yards in the first half in building a 35-26 lead. Trevon Bailey had 75 of his 89 yards rushing by halftime. Bailey was injured late in the third quarter and didn’t return. Also, Amsterdam committed 10 penalties for 85 yards in the game.

A WELCOME ADDITION

La Salle Institute senior Jonny Yamin didn’t play football the past two seasons, but he looked plenty comfortable getting back in the swing of things in Friday night’s 25-7 win over Niskayuna.

Yamin, whose older brother Eddie graduated from La Salle this past June after starring at quarterback for the Cadets during a four-year varsity career, caught two passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, plus picked off Niskayuna quarterback Ethan Gilson and returned that 50 yards for a score.

For a La Salle team that suffered heavy losses to graduation from a 2021 team that reached the Section II Class A playoffs and came within a point of knocking off eventual area champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, additions to the roster like Yamin are a welcome sight.

“He was a little rusty,” La Salle coach John Audino said. “He’s starting to get himself up to speed with everything we’re asking him to do. I’m real proud of him. He’s done a good job.”

RECORD-SETTING EFFORT

Fonda-Fultonville senior quarterback Jackson Cusack set a school record for all-purpose yards in a 49-13 win at Johnstown on Friday.

Cusack finished with 376 all-purpose yards for the Braves.

Cusack threw for three touchdowns, ran for another, and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. As if his offensive effort wasn’t enough, Cusack added two interceptions for the Braves’ defense. He also nearly had a third pick that would have gone for a touchdown but he was unable to hang on to the ball. 

“He played well tonight,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Mike Mancini said. “He’s a special player and he’s a special kid. We expect a lot out of him and he delivered for us big time tonight.”

Cusack passed 9 for 16 for 171 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, and scored on kickoff returns of 82 and 75 yards.

Fonda-Fultonville (3-0 overall, 2-0 Class C South) is slated to travel to Coxsackie-Athens next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

NOT MUCH BETWEEN THEM

In a testament to how close the top teams in Class AA have been to each other the last several years, Friday’s highly anticipated clash between Christian Brothers Academy and Shaker came down to a single point.

Shaker rallied from a 21-7 deficit and forced overtime on a Jake Iacobaccio 5-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Luciano with 20 seconds left in regulation, but after CBA went up 35-28 on its first possession of overtime, Shaker answered with a touchdown — but went for a 2-point conversion and the win and was denied by the CBA defense.

Shaker is 1-2 this season, with both of its losses coming to a Christian Brothers Academy. The Blue Bison also lost 32-25 in Week 0 to CBA of Syracuse, the defending Class A state champion.

DEFENSE TRAVELS ROUTES 29, 30A

Both Gloversville and Broadalbin-Perth took home wins this weekend largely due to their defense. The Huskies downed Lansingburgh 22-6, and Broadalbin-Perth earned its second straight shutout in as many weeks with a 40-0 win over Hudson.

Gloversville also won a different way than its win over Green Tech the week before, as in that one the Huskies scored early and often, while against Lansingburgh, all the scoring took place in the second half. The Huskies held Lansingburgh to 146 total yards and 9% efficiency (1 for 11) on third downs. They also intercepted Lansingburgh twice.

Broadalbin-Perth has only allowed six points in three games. The Patriots held Hudson to just 65 total yards.

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