Bulldogs still undefeated at 5-0

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Bulldogs continued their Wilson Conference dominance by picking up a pair of wins over four days.

The Bulldogs picked up their fourth and fifth wins of the season, scorching the Forster Spartans 48-0- on Friday at Centennial Park then disposing of the Catholic Central Comets 36-14 in a Monday night battle.

With the two wins, the Bulldogs still hold the number one ranking and their campaign still without a loss.

Amherst running back Corey Bezaire got the Bulldogs rolling early Friday with a one-yard run in the first quarter, which turned out to be the only score of the game.

Bezaire punched two more touchdowns in the second quarter from 13 and 45 yards, before Mike McNorgan took a punt back 55-yard to the house for a 28-0 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs posted two more scores on the board with a 52-yard pass from Mike Mallender to Adam Robinson and a one-yard run by Aaron Harber.

Corey Gaunt found the end zone in the fourth quarter; a missed point after ended the game with Bulldogs shutting out the Spartans 48-0.

Head Coach John Rudak said he was happy to see that the defense was able to neutralize Forster’s playmaking.

“After watching some tape, we knew they had some guys that could hurt us at any time,” said Rudak. “The defense came through and did a great job. We just out manned them.”

Rudak, however, noted that there is always room for improvement.

Robinson said the win came from an all-around team effort.

“We didn’t make a lot of mistakes and we cut down on the penalties a lot,” he said. “We were pretty fundamentally sound.”

 

Front page photo- Aaron Harber and Chris Grondin (44) chase down the Forster quarterback for a sack. In five games the Amherst defense has only allowed 21 points scored against them.

The shutout was Amherst second straight and third overall.

“Our defense is a force to be reckoned with,” said Robinson. “It’s tough for teams to score on us and we’re going to keep it that way.”

The Bulldogs were back on the field Monday night against the Catholic Central Comets.

On their first offensive possession, Petrozzi fumbled at midfield and was recovered by the Comets; however on the very next play Harber intercepted the ball and put their offense back on the field.

Amherst took advantage of the takeaway with Bezaire scoring on a three-yard run then again on a 15-yard pass from Mallender to lead 14-0 at the end of the first frame.

McNorgan added a 54-yard interception return touchdown before Petrozzi bullied his way in for six on a 48-yard run.

Amherst had their first touchdown scored on them in over 10 quarters when the Comet scored on a 15-yard pass, however missed the extra point.

The Bulldogs lead 28-6 at halftime.

Bezaire would have had his third major of the game on a 35-yard run, however it was called back on a blocking from behind penalty. Amherst however would pick up a single point off a 36-yard missed field goal.

Deep in Comet territory, Harber sacked and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Chris Grondin, which led to a six-yard touchdown for Bezaire.

Catholic Central added a late fourth quarter touchdown and a two-point conversion as Amherst cruised to a 36-14 win.

Rudak credited Catholic Central for not giving up late in the game despite the score.

“The intensity of Catholic Central raised our game,” he said. “Those guys (Catholic Central) did not give up. A lot of teams with that kind of score they would have folded and cashed. I really have to hand it to them.”

Rudak also mentioned he was impressed with the play of his special teams stating that they were “flying down the field” and “hungry to make a hit.”

Bezaire, who grabbed six touchdowns in the last two games, passed the credit around.

“I have an amazing fullback who blocks everything, “ said Bezaire. “We have an amazing O-line, without them I wouldn’t be anything.”

He also mentioned although the offense puts up points, it’s the defense that sets the tone.

“Our defense carries us and the offense does what it does,” he said.

The Bulldogs will play their third game in eight days when they take on St. Joes on Friday at Centennial Park this Friday at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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