VanDerzee said all the changes with teams moving around made developing the 2014 schedule difficult.
“It’s a tough process every year,” said VanDerzee. “We start it in December, and we put it together based on what we think the divisions will look like. Then we wait for the BEDS numbers, which come out in February, and then you have to wait for any mergers. Once all of that happens, then you work out the schedules.”
The opening week of the 2014 football season includes a rematch of last year’s Class AA final when Shaker visits Christian Brothers Academy.
“Any opener is a tough game with anticipation on how the kids will play and how the younger kids will mesh with the older kids,” said CBA coach Joe Burke, whose Brothers defeated Shaker 14-8 in last year’s final. “And Shaker has been on top of the past three years. They’ve been very successful at the younger levels, so I think it should be a very good game.”
VanDerzee said the CBA-Shaker rematch wasn’t deliberately planned.
“That’s just the way it worked out. The double A’s have the opportunity to play inter-divisional games the first two weeks, and you try to get the best match-ups possible,” said VanDerzee.
Bethlehem has non-divisional games against Albany and Ballston Spa before playing its first Liberty Division contest in Week 3 against LaSalle at home. The only question remains, where will Bethlehem’s home field be? The main football field will be under reconstruction as a new drainage system is installed, which means the Eagles will be looking for other fields to play on. That could lead to some possible Saturday afternoon games, depending on where and when they can get field time, and they might end up playing all of their games on the road.
“That’s up to them when they play their home games,” said VanDerzee. “That doesn’t affect the (overall) schedule.”
The first week of football season is Sept. 5 and 6.