Coach Dave Scott excited for upcoming Jr. football season

By Joel Charron

Thanks to an influx of talent, General Amherst Jr. Football head coach Dave Scott believes the resurgence of Jr. Football is upon us.

Last year the Jr. bulldogs went through a difficult season, finishing 1-5, however after a week and a half of football practices Scott seems optimistic about his 2012 squad.

“We have some really talented players that have joined the team this season,” said Scott.

Scott said he has been very pleased with the progress the team has made in only one week.

“We are already way ahead of last year as far as getting things going and determining who is going to go where,” said Scott.

One position that has already been filled is starting quarterback, which will be occupied by Grade 9 Sam Girard.

Girard has developed in the Essex Ravens football grogram and has also stood out in the Windsor Minor Football Association (WMFA.)

 

Sam Girard (right) hands the ball to David Beaudoin (left) as he explodes up the field.

Girard is the Jr. Bulldogs first true quarterback since Mike Mallender a few years ago.

“Having a quarterback like Sam makes a huge difference,” said Scott.

Girard whose older brother Mitch graduated from Amherst last June and other brother Todd who figures to be a key contributor on the senior football team, said he’s looking forward to taking the field as a Bulldog and bring pride back to the Amherst junior football program.

“I’m pretty excited, Coach Scott has coached both my brothers and knows what they are like and know what I am like,” said Girard. “I think we are going to be pretty good. The offensive line looks strong because they have a couple of Ravens players and we have some kids from the Timberwolves team, so things are looking good.”

Scott noted that he hasn’t had a look at the full team as some of the Grade 10 have yet to make it out to practice.

“I think some of them may be a little tentative because of last year,” he said.

Scott has also enlisted the help of Dino D’Aloisio, Bart DiPasquale, Gino Rosati and new Amherst teacher Robert Oriet, who coached at Belle River before coming to General Amherst.

Scott also added he is trying to get a league for AA team and a league for AAA teams.

“It will give the smaller schools more of a chance,” he said. “The AA could also move up to AAA if they choose to.”

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