AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam football team doesn’t want a repeat of last Friday’s lopsided loss at the hands of Troy in its home opener Friday.
The Rugged Rams also don’t want to have sit through another film session, like they did last Sunday revisiting the 55-6 blowout at Troy, as first-year head coach John Homich took time addressing the miscues that led to the season-opening loss.
“We broke down every last play, and the main thing we walked away with is that all the mistakes that were made were easily correctable,” Homich said. “That’s what we worked on all day [Monday], was making those corrections, fine-tune the smaller details, so we could move forward and put it behind us.”
There weren’t any Academy Awards handed out for best performance during the Rams’ film session.
“It was frustrating,” Amsterdam senior wide receiver and cornerback Josiah Newborn said. “Every single play was at least two, three, four, even five minutes of tape of us making mistakes. It was just frustrating seeing yourself making a mistake, but you just have to not make that same mistake again.”
The Rams opened their “Fall II” season last Friday, a week later than the rest of Class A football, due to a COVID-19 pause impacting the team. The layoff, the lack of practice drills and missing a Week 1 match-up against Albany showed.
“Our blocking was one thing we weren’t really too happy with, especially with our offensive line,” Homich said. “That’s supposed to be our foundation, the group that we had the most experience coming back with. We want to make sure moving forward that’s our strong suit. We’ve got to get those guys back in the rhythm.”
Amsterdam hosts La Salle 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The Cadets fell to Troy in Week 1, 42-12 and had last week’s contest scheduled against Columbia postponed.
“They throw the ball, and they have athletes . . . we’ve got to be smart,” Homich said. “We worked our tails off as a coaching staff, making our changes and putting these kids in a better position this week.”
Friday will also give the Greater Amsterdam School District an opportunity to showcase the final phase of a $48.9 million capital project at Lynch Literacy Academy approved in March 2016.
The improved Lynch stadium includes a new artificial turf field, replacing the original turf surface laid down in 2004 along with bleachers installed in the concrete seating area on the home sideline, a blacktop walkway around the entire facility with improved handicapped accessibility.
Due to school district guidelines, only two spectators per athlete with Foothills Council-issued credentials will be admitted into the facility Friday, but the game will be streamed on the GASD YouTube channel.
“It’s going to be cool, a brand-new field, a brand-new everything,” Newborn said. “I think the place will be packed with the fans we can get; less people make it less than what it would be.
“But it’s definitely good to be out here.”