Jr. Bulldogs season concludes with playoff loss at Tecumseh Vista Academy

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The season is over for the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team but they went down swinging.

The Bulldogs lost a 28-20 decision to Tecumseh Vista Academy last Tuesday afternoon. Justin Guy had a rushing touchdown in the first half, said coach Dino Rosati, with quarterback Emmitt Rosati tossing 10 and 47-yard touchdown passes to Calvin Cribley and Cole Chittle.

General Amherst's Brayden LeClerc (left) avoids a tackler during the Nov, 8 game at Tecumseh Vista Academy.

General Amherst’s Brayden LeClerc (left) avoids a tackler during the Nov, 8 game at Tecumseh Vista Academy.

Dino Rosati said the team fought hard but miscues caught up to them.

“It was a tough loss,” said Rosati. “We made mistakes early on, we got behind, but we never gave up.”

The early mistakes caused the Bulldogs to have to move away from the way they wanted to call plays, Rosati added.

“When you are chasing, you tend to take more chances and get out our game plan,” he said.

Brayden LeClerc heads upfield during second half action against Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 1.

Brayden LeClerc heads upfield during second half action against Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 8.

The junior football team got better as the season went on, he believed.

“All in all, I thought it was a successful season. We got experience and we learned a lot,” said Rosati. “By the end of the season, we became a real football team. They were very coachable kids.”

Roughly half of the team is eligible to return next season, he added.

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team gather for a group photo following their 28-20 loss at Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 8

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team gather for a group photo following their 28-20 loss at Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 8

“We have a strong core. We could have a strong team next year,” said Rosati.

Rosati coached the team with John Tregaskiss with Dave Scott also providing some assistance. Bulldogs senior football coach John Rudak also assisted the team the last two games of the season following the conclusion of his team’s schedule.

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