Bulldogs prepare for season with controlled scrimmage

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Bulldogs have a better idea what to expect for themselves following a controlled scrimmage.
The Bulldogs clashed against the Sandwich Sabres Friday afternoon at the United Communities Credit Union Complex in the pre-season tilt.
DSC_0236General Amherst head coach John Rudak said the controlled scrimmage gave him the opportunity to see the strengths and weaknesses of the 2013 squad.
“At the start to the game guys were very nervous, especially the Grade 11’s,” said Rudak. “As the game went on the players started to get more aggressive. They weren’t thinking about what they had to do, they were just doing it.”
He added that he was pleased to see a handful of Grade 11 players “step up and make good plays.”
“There were a few guys that we put in spots that they didn’t have a chance to practice at and they were sticking their head in there and being aggressive,” said Rudak.
Although the Bulldogs offense sputtered at times, it also showed flashes of brilliance. Ryan Gignac caught a streaking Joel Wismer down the middle for a 75 yard touchdown and Daniel Nguyen ran to the house on a 60 yard touchdown run.
Rudak noted the Bulldogs do have a lot to work on, however the team showed its head coach that they are much tougher then he originally anticipated.
Veteran lineman Pierre Barron said the Bulldogs need to work on down field tackling but overall was very pleased with how the defense performed.
“I thought we stopped a lot of Sandwich’s attack up front,” he said. “Everyone kept their coverage and most of the gaps were filled. Nobody was sitting there not doing their job.”
If there were an area that Barron thinks the Bulldogs need to work on, it would be the line.
“On offense, our line need to start blocking better,” he said. “We lost some good guys to graduation. We are not as strong as we used to be but with some practice and some discipline we can be a lot better.”
The Bulldogs open the 2013 high school football season on the road against Massey this Thursday.

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