By Ron Giofu
The outcome of the General Amherst Bulldogs senior football team’s first game wasn’t what they wanted but they saw building blocks for the future.
The Sandwich Sabres defeated the Bulldogs 29-0 Thursday night in a game played at the LaSalle-based school. The Sabres got a 17-yard field goal and 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to go up 10-0 and built a 24-0 halftime lead thanks to a four-yard touched run and 44-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Amherst quarterback Will Borland (9) tries to outrun a Sandwich defender Sept. 15 in LaSalle.
Sandwich added a safety and a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Will Borland and Shayne Purdy split time at quarterback for General Amherst with Borland playing the first half and Purdy the second. Each player switched to wide receiver when the other was quarterbacking the offense.
Borland said it was “a tough game” and that Sandwich played physical but Amherst started to respond. He called it a “learning game” and said the Bulldogs learned a lot from it.
“We know what we have to do now,” said Borland. “We know what our weaknesses are.”
Borland said the Bulldogs have to work on their protection from the outside as well as their open field tackling.
“We can’t shake our heads when (the opponents) score a touchdown. We have to forget about it and play hard,” he added.
It was Borland’s first game after not playing football for two years and he said it was great to be back on the field. He said immediately after Thursday night’s game at Sandwich that he is looking forward to this week’s game, which will be Thursday at 5 p.m. against Villanova at Windsor Stadium.
Mitch Wright (1) looks for running room against the Sabres’ defense. General Amherst lost 29-0 to Sandwich in the season opener.
“I’m looking forward to week two already,” he said.
Bulldogs head coach John Rudak said they have good athletes on the team that still need to learn some finer points of the game. He said there were some bright spots against the Sabres.
“A lot of the mistakes we made today, and there were a lot, was because a lot of these guys have never played at this level before,” said Rudak. “A lot of guys who made mistakes made some good plays as well.”
Rudak said they have to be more consistent in making the good plays and cut down on the errors.
“We’ve got a lot of potential,” he said.