For the first time in almost a full two years, Amsterdam is finally ready for a home football game that truly feels like a home game.
The Rugged Rams played just once last March and April during their five-game “Fall II” season at the recently renovated home ground at Lynch Literacy Academy, a Friday afternoon competition against La Salle Institute, where the novel coronavirus pandemic The protocol had limited attendance to only two. spectators per athlete, with the striking absence of many of the usual trappings surrounding sports such as the Amsterdam Marching Rams and Majorettes.
Thanks to a quirky schedule, it’s also taken Amsterdam some time to get back to their home turf this fall, but the undefeated Rams begin a three-game homestand with a homecoming contest against Section II Class A at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. will start. Capitals Division rivals Avril Park.
“Feather [homecoming] Holika [on Thursday]“We were going to hear the bands and the majors playing,” said Amsterdam coach John Homich. “We were imagining the stands packed, everyone cheering on us. It’s good to bring back that old tradition.”
Amsterdam (1-0 Capital Division, 2-0 on aggregate) comes high in Saturday’s game. The Rams’ two wins this season have come in very different ways, with a 52-point, 500-plus yard offensive blast in their opener against South Glens Falls/Fort Edward, and an impressive defensive performance with eight sacks and two safaris . 24 September Victory over Colombia.
Saturday, Homich said, is a chance to bring those two elements together.
“We are playing really well,” he said. “Things are clicking for us. Last week, our defense really came together as a unit. We want to fire on all cylinders in all three phases for Saturday afternoon.”
The Amsterdam-Averil Park matchup has produced more games of the wild in the past decade than any pair in Section II.
Since 2012, both teams have played three games in which both teams have scored at least 40 points, and four games which were decided at the last minute.
The “Fall II” meeting between the Rams and the Warriors (1-0, 3-1) fits both of those criteria.
In an arcade-style free-for-all that saw Amsterdam receiver Josiah Newborn set a new state record with 22 receptions in a single game, the Rams rallied to take a 34–33 lead with 1:25 remaining. Lead on the kickoff return for a touchdown by Avril Park’s Ben Ferlito, only to be immediately surrendered.
Trailing seven, Amsterdam went back into the field for a touchdown with 18 seconds to spare, but a 2-point conversion attempt to take the lead failed when Garrett McHeard ran back and filled in on a run-up in the middle. , by which the warriors were kept in captivity. For a 41-40 win.
“Historically, they have been absolutely fought from the first whistle to the last,” Homich said. “They’re tough, tough games where you’re battling all three stages of the game.”
In his three victories this season, Avril Park led his opponent 108–26, including a 46–6 win against Troy last week, in which Warriors quarterback Gavin Giordano scored a total of six touchdowns (four passing, saw the account for two rushing).
In what should prove to be a crucial matchup as the picture of a Class A playoff swings through October, Homich is hoping the energy can ram the way back home in front of the full crowd.
“Our children eat from that,” he said. “We feed the fans, the band, and everyone around us. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Fonda-Fultonville seeks return
Fonda-Fultonville (0-2 Class C North, 2-2 overall) suffered their first on-field defeat of the season last week, leaving Schuylerville to an undefeated 14-7 decision. The Braves will have a chance to get themselves back on track at 1 pm on Saturday when they host Section III’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
Prior to the Schuylerville defeat, Fonda-Fultonville – which suffered its other loss via forfeiture after COVID-19 quarantine protocols left the team unable to play Cobleskill-Richmondville in Week 1 – had lost their lives at Corinth/Hedley-Luzern. Scored 104 points in the win. Peru.
The meeting with Vernon-Verona-Sherrill is Fonda-Fultonville’s second game against an out-of-section opponent, both of whom were added late in the schedule. Fonda-Fultonville faced Peru in Week 0, when both teams found themselves without an opponent, while Vernon-Verona-Sherrill – a Class B event – had their original game this week against Chittenango, known as the Chittengo event. was closed due to a 10-day pause within. .
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