Bulldogs hit the gridiron getting ready for 2013 football season


By Joel Charron


General Amherst Bulldogs football is back for another season.

Last Monday marked the first official day football coaches were allowed to work with their team and Bulldogs head coach John Rudak had the Bulldogs running drills at Centennial Park.

“We look fine,” said Rudak. “I’m not seeing anyone stand out right now but I’ve seen a couple guys that have not played football and have already impressed me.”

The 2013 Bulldogs look to be much different than in year’s past. Size is definitely going to be an issue and Amherst has only two fifth year players returning for last year’s squad, so veteran leadership may also be an issue.

The Bulldogs do have plenty of speed and hope to utilize that moving forward.

After taking over as pivot midway through last season, Ryan Gignac returns under centre for his first full season as the Bulldogs starting quarterback and is excited to strap on the pads.

“I’m glad to be back. It’s been a long winter,” he said. “Getting back out here is fun.”

Gignac said he likes the look of the team during the first week of training camp, stating everyone looked like they came ready to put in hard work.

Gignac admits being the starting quarterback comes with a lot of responsibility, however the fifth-year player said he’s ready for that challenge.

“I came in halfway through the season and was really nervous,” he said. “I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel I have a better grasp of the offense so it should be a lot better this season.”

Outside of Gignac, the Bulldogs lack playmakers, however Rudak expects a player like Joel Wismer to be a valuable asset.

“He’s going to be a multi-purpose guy. He’s going to do a lot of things for us,” said Rudak.

In order for the Bulldogs to be championship contenders, Rudak said it will depend on how quickly the Grade 11’s progress and how tough the Grade 12’s stay on top of everyone.

“We definitely have potential to cause some damage,” said Rudak.



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