General Amherst Bulldogs

Jr. Bulldogs lose to Villanova 41-1



By Ron Giofu


It wasn’t a game that the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team will consider their finest.
For the Villanova Wildcats, last week’s game will provide them with better memories.

The Wildcats knocked off the visiting Bulldogs 41-1 last Tuesday afternoon in a game played at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School. Villanova did the bulk of its scoring in the first half with General Amherst coach Dino Rosati stating his team showed some improvement in the second half.

Eric Blanchette (11, left) throws a pass during fourth quarter action Oct. 17 at Villanova. Villanova won 41-1.

“It didn’t quite go the way we wanted,” Rosati remarked after the game.

Quarterback Emmitt Rosati missed the game due to a sprained ankle with Eric Blanchette and Nolan Crain splitting time under centre against Villanova.

“They both did an OK job,” said Rosati, noting the two back-up quarterbacks picked up valuable experience they didn’t have before.

“They played pretty well for never having played that spot before,” said the head coach.

Other players managed to get on the field and get some experience as well, Rosati added.

“We got a lot of kids in there. We see some positives,” said Rosati. “We got a lot of kids some experience.”

Preston Muzzin (84) reels in a pass against Villanova during General Amherst’s 41-1 loss to the Wildcats Oct. 17.

The second half was better because of the defense, he believed.

Anthony Paossi scored three touchdowns for Villanova with Dawson Taylor, Josh Rosa and Jaxon Laramie each having one touchdown for the Wildcats.

“We had a couple of good stops on defense in the second half,” said Rosati.

The Bulldogs (0-4) host another winless team Oct. 24 as the Catholic Central Comets come to Amherstburg. The Bulldogs conclude the regular season Oct. 31 with a 4 p.m. game against Sandwich, also at Centennial Park.

Jr. Bulldogs fall to 0-3 after 15-6 loss to Massey



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football injury lost their game to Massey last Tuesday but are hoping they haven’t lost their quarterback for a lengthy time period.

The Bulldogs lost 15-6 to the Massey Mustangs last Tuesday at Centennial Park but what was even more worrisome for the Bulldogs was an ankle injury to Emmitt Rosati, who also plays key roles on defense and special teams as well. Rosati suffered the injury in the second quarter when another player fell on him and he could not play the rest of the game.

Evan Beadow makes his way between two Massey tacklers during General Amherst’s junior football game with the Mustangs Oct. 10. Massey won 15-6.

“Hopefully it’s just a sprain,” said head coach Dino Rosati after the game.

Should Emmitt, who is also his son, not be able to play future games, the Bulldogs will look to alter their playbook to make things easier for backup quarterback Eric Blanchette.

Dino said that Blanchette started to settle in as quarterback after Emmitt’s injury.

The Bulldogs looked like the were going to score first as they got to the Massey one-yard line in the first quarter. However, a fumble killed that drive.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto (20) looks for running room against Massey Oct. 10 at Centennial Park.

Massey took a 1-0 lead into the half after a punt went through the General Amherst end zone for the single. The Mustangs added two third quarter touchdowns thanks to a one-yard Matt Lajoie touchdown run and a 30-yard fumble return by Evan Campaglia.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the fourth quarter when Owyn Hayes intercepted a pass and ran 105 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown.

“It was a tough loss,” said Dino. “The defense stepped up. We can’t ask any more.”

Dino said the tackling was better as compared to the Bulldogs’ previous game against Kennedy, calling it “100 per cent improved.”

“Overall, our defense played well. They made so many nice tackles. The tackling improved a lot,” he said.

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior team gather around their coaches after their Oct. 10 game against Massey at Centennial Park.

Assistant coach Spencer Duby said it was unfortunate to lose Emmitt, but also praised the team’s defensive effort.

“I think our defense played great today,” he said after the Oct. 10 game. “We’ve got to give our defense credit. We were able to take it to them today.”

The Bulldogs were at Villanova yesterday for a 3 p.m. game and return home for their final two regular season games Oct. 24 versus Catholic Central and Oct. 31 against Sandwich. The home games Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Jr. Bulldogs still looking for first win after 32-0 loss to Kennedy



By Ron Giofu


Despite a lopsided score going against them, the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team believes they still had their chances against Kennedy.

The Kennedy Clippers downed the Bulldogs 32-0 Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium. A pair of first half touchdowns – one in the first quarter and another in the second quarter – gave Kennedy a 12-0 lead at the half as neither two-point conversion try was successful.

General Amherst’s Evan Beadow (right, 8) evades a Kennedy tackler during first half action Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium.

An apparent Kennedy 55-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter was called back on a penalty.

Kennedy did score their third touchdown early in the third quarter before General Amherst had a chance of their own. Quarterback Emmitt Rosati ran from his own three yard line to the Kennedy 20 yard line but the Amherst drive stalled shortly thereafter.

Tyler Ryan (32, right) breaks up a pass attempt against Kennedy Oct. 3. Kennedy defeated General Amherst 32-0 at Windsor Stadium.

Kennedy scored on an 83-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, General Amherst coach Dino Rosati saw some positives from his team.

“We’ve just got to execute,” said Rosati. “We dropped a lot of balls that could have been game-changers.”

The Bulldogs also missed some tackles that, if made, could have changed their fortunes.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” said Rosati.

The Bulldogs feature many players that are new to football and Rosati added that there is some improvement from them and guys are stepping up.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” he stated.

Rosati added they have to “get back to basics” and work on their catching and tackling. He believed they will get better as the season unfolds.

General Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7, left) throws a pass as a Kennedy defender bears down on him during last Tuesday afternoon’s WECSSAA junior football game at Windsor Stadium.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he said.

The Bulldogs play next Tuesday at 4 p.m. against the Massey Mustangs at Centennial Park.

Sr. Bulldogs lose 42-34 against Leamington, battle dwindling numbers



By Jolene Perron


The General Amherst Senior Bulldogs fought a tough battle in Friday’s 42-34 loss to Leamington.
The Leamington offense started the first quarter strong with aggressive plays, leading to the opening touchdown. It wasn’t until the second quarter when Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati came back with an answering touchdown. Amherst attempted to go for a two-point conversation, but came up short, allowing Leamington to continue their lead, closing out the first half 27-6.

The Bulldogs played a hard third quarter with two touchdowns. Rosati connected with Calvin Cribley on a 19-yard touchdown and ran one in himself. A pair of two-point conversations – a passes to Riley Thomas and Cribley) brought the Bulldogs closer.

General Amherst ended up scoring 22 points in the second half, capped by a 64-yard pass from Rosati to Levi Reaume, and that plus strong defense saw them take the lead 28-27 midway into the fourth quarter.

However Leamington came through with two late touchdowns, and despite the Bulldogs’ efforts, the Lions ultimately prevailed.

General Amherst’s Levi Reaume tackles a Leamington Lions player during their Friday night game at the Libro Centre.

“We came from two touchdowns down, we took the lead, but we just couldn’t hang on to keep pushing that ticket,” said Rudak. “But it was a fun game for most of them and it was a definite step forward.”
While Amherst wasn’t struggling with injuries this week, Rudak said he is having trouble with practice attendance which lead him to call six juniors up to join the senior team for Friday’s game.

“Definite improvement, bringing up those six juniors really helped us,” said Rudak. “It’s a bit of an epidemic of players not coming to practice and some of them don’t even let us know they aren’t coming to the game. There’s just a few little things that get you down a bit.”
Rudak said those six players will not be joining them again next week, as they want to continue to play on the junior team and according to the rules, if they play two weeks in a row with the seniors they will be considered a part of that team instead.
The Bulldogs return to the field Friday as they make the trek out to Lajeunesse for 3 p.m.

Sr. Bulldogs open season with 41-0 loss to Riverside



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior football team is struggling to keep the number of players up and some of those players they do have suited up for the first time in a game last Thursday.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it showed in the results.

General Amherst was on the short end of a 41-0 decision to the Riverside Rebels in a game played at Tecumseh Vista Academy. The teams were scoreless through one quarter though Riverside had a touchdown called back on a penalty.

General Amherst running back Levi Reaume (left, 21) heads upfield during last Thursday’s game against Riverside.

The Rebels put up three touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to a three-yard run, a 45-yard punt return and an 18-yard pass, the latter being on the final play of the half.

General Amherst’s best chance to score came in the third quarter when they got to the Riverside four-yard line. However, a third-and-goal play ended with a sack.

Riverside tacked on three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter through a 24-yard-pass, a 60-yard punt return and a one-yard run.

The low numbers and inexperience of the players wasn’t lost on Amherst head coach John Rudak.

“That’s definitely the headline,” said Rudak.

Rudak pointed out that the Rebels recently combined their senior and junior football teams, meaning they won’t play at the junior level this season, adding that he gave consideration to doing the same thing at General Amherst. When he put a challenge out to the players about bolstering the team’s numbers, about 28 showed up for practice and Rudak shelved the plan to combine the teams at that point.

General Amherst quarterback Spencer Hawkins (3) throws a pass last Thursday afternoon against the Riverside Rebels.

“That gave our team false hope because eight guys quit shortly thereafter,” said Rudak. “The best part of that is (the remaining players) don’t seem to care. They still love playing football.”

There is still a concern about the ability to finish the season as if more players quit or if some get injured, it could deplete the team’s roster too much. Rudak was encouraged that the new players now have a game under their belts.

“Their learning curve is going to be very good,” he said. “They can only get better.”

Rudak said they are still welcoming new players and if anyone wants to join either the senior or junior teams, they can attend practices at Centennial Park after school.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Libro Centre against Tecumseh Vista Academy.