AMSTERDAM — Each game is a big game. That’s a mantra all high school football coaches lean on at some point, and Amsterdam head coach Doug Edick is no different.
“We’ve just stressed that every game is huge. You can’t have a slip-up,” Edick said in advance of his team’s Week 3 game at 7:15 p.m. Friday against Queensbury. “But maybe we’ve stressed that a little more than in past years.”
That’s because Section II Class A football moved to a four-team postseason format for 2017. The classification only includes nine area teams this season, so Section II’s Class A squads are playing eight-week regular seasons before starting a sectional postseason with only two rounds.
In classifications offering eight postseason bids — locally, classes AA, B and C do that — the focus around midseason for potential contenders becomes about jockeying for the best possible postseason seed. In classifications with four-team postseasons — locally, classes A and D — that maneuvering started back in Week 1, but there is an extra emphasis simply on winning because one early-season defeat is more difficult to overcome.
“You only have a top four, so every week is about vying for a playoff spot,” Edick said. “Week 1 was huge. Week 2 was huge.”
Now, Week 3 is huge for the Rugged Rams — and the Spartans. Amsterdam (2-0) plays host Friday to Queensbury (1-1) in a game that has major implications for the postseason. While both Amsterdam and Queensbury are expected to reach the playoffs, a win Friday for Amsterdam puts the Rams in realistic position to continue to chase the classification’s No. 1…
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