Clippers take out Jr. Bulldogs

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst junior football team put up a good fight but in the end the physical Kennedy team proved to be too much.

The Clippers defeated the improving Jr. Bulldogs 31-14 last Tuesday afternoon at Centennial Park; in what head coach Dave Scott called the “most physical game of the year.”

“They are a very physical team,” said Scott. “That’s  the most physical team we’ve played this year. We just didn’t have the depth to stay with them.”

After a scoreless first quarter Kennedy took an early 7-0 lead after a 30-yard touchdown run, which was answered by an Eric Wismer 53-yard touchdown run, however the Bulldogs trailed 7-6 after the extra point  attempt was blocked.

Amherst found themselves in a deeper hole on the ensuing kickoff when the Clippers took it 77-yards to the house on the kickoff. Kennedy also added a 20-yard field goal as they held a 17-7 lead going into halftime.

 

Amherst’s Macaul Reiner makes a catch in front of a Kennedy defender before being brought down.

Kennedy saw their lead shrink to 17-14 when Wismer punched it through the end zone from ten yards out then was capped off with a two-convert pass to Macaul Reiner from Sam Girard.

However that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Clippers scored on a seven-yard pass in the third and a six-yard run in the fourth to round out the scoring.

“We just didn’t have the blocking up front,” said Girard. “They were blitzing and we didn’t pick it up.”

Although Girard mentioned the Bulldogs have improved since their first game, he noted the team has to focus of getting the right players on the field defensively, as well as, recognizing and picking up the blitz.

Girard added the next two games for the Jr. Bulldogs are important.

“I think we need to win the next two games. We’ve got to get our confidence up for the playoffs,” he said.

Scott agreed his team had problems picking up the blitz, comparing the Clipper defense to Holy Names, which defeated the Jr. Bulldogs 26-0 in the season opener.

“We looked good at times, other times we just stunk the place up, but that’s growing up as a junior team,” said Scott. “They (Kennedy) are one of the top teams.”

Scott added Amherst is dealing with the injury bug. Defensive lineman Jacey Young is inactive with a knee injury and they may have lost Daniel Nguyen for the rest of the season after being injured driving a player out of bounds.  Nguyen was taken to the hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

 

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