Spartans too rugged for Rams

AMSTERDAM — As his teammates gathered together for their postgame huddle with head coach Doug Edick, Amsterdam senior lineman Nico Orengo kept repeating himself.

“No heads down,” Orengo said. “Keep your heads up.”

It was that kind of night for Amsterdam.

The Rugged Rams had entered Friday’s Week 3 matchup against Queensbury looking to solidify their standing as one of the top Section II Class A teams. Instead, the Spartans left Amsterdam with a dominant 34-0 victory.

“To come in here and leave a zero on that side of the [scoreboard], our athletes played really well,” said Matt Crossman, Queensbury’s rookie head coach.

While Queensbury (2-1, 2-1) used its ground-based attack to gain 361 yards, the Spartans’ defense held Amsterdam (2-1, 2-1) to 11 yards of offense for the entire night. 

Queensbury senior Patrick Conway rushed for three touchdowns and 130 yards on 17 carries to lead the Spartans, who entered Friday’s game knowing a win could deliver themselves the opportunity to control their destiny toward a push for a home playoff game in a class­ification which will only qualify four teams for the postseason this year.

“We were so fired up in the locker room, it was nothing but complete silence,” Conway said. “On the bus, too, it was nothing but silence. We were ready to roll.”

Queensbury showed that right from the start. On the first play from scrimmage, Amsterdam’s Orengo delivered a high snap to senior Trey Holloway. Amsterdam’s quarterback initially recovered the ball, but then fumbled it away when he tried to run.

“I’ll take full blame on that one,” Orengo said of the first of Amsterdam’s three turnovers in the first half.

From there, the party started for Queensbury. Conway scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and junior Brendan Scott rumbled for one in the second. Then, after intercepting Holloway at the Queensbury 5-yard line, Spartans junior Liam O’Mara hauled in a 23-yard…

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