Dismal season continues for Sr. Bulldogs with loss to Essex

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Sr. Bulldogs football team left Essex Field as miserable as the weather Friday night.

The Bulldogs (0-4) dropped their fourth straight game to the Essex Red Raider (1-3) putting their chances of making the playoffs in serious jeopardy.

On a wet, windy night, the Bulldogs started strong by marching down the field and capping it off with General Amherst’s first offensive touchdown of the season. Quarterback Mike Popel connected with Todd Girard on a 33-yard touchdown pass in their opening drive. The extra point was not converted.

That would be as good as it got for the Bulldogs as Essex running back Cody McCann carved up the Amherst defense.

McCann scored his first of four touchdowns in the first quarter on a 41-yard scamper to the house, then tacked on a 25-yard run in the second quarter to give the Red Raiders a 13-6 edge.

 

The General Amherst Sr. Bulldogs rally around each other before the start of the game.

McCann kept it coming in the third quarter adding a touchdown run from four yards out and six-yards.

Essex only converted two of their four extra points attempts due to poor weather conditions.

Head coach John Rudak felt his players didn’t come read to play.

“Several people let us down today,” he said after the game. “Some players didn’t want to sacrifice their bodies for the team. We showed a lack of toughness today.”

Rudak wasn’t the only one that shared in his disappointment.

“I can’t even explain how disappointing this is,” said Amherst receiver Max Reiner. “We expected to come in and put up a fight but that didn’t exactly happen.”

Reiner said the Bulldogs came into the game “fired up” and having the game unfold like it did was frustrating.

Amherst still has a shot at making the playoffs, however the Bulldogs must win their final two games against Massey and St. Joseph.

Reiner ensures there is still a lot of fight left in the Bulldogs.

“That doesn’t mean we can’t win our next two games,” he said. “We’re not going to give up. No way.”

The Bulldogs head into this week on a bye, which will give Rudak and the Bulldogs a chance to rest and figure out a way to bounce back.

“We’ve got to regroup and get our first win of the season against one of our next two opponents,” said Rudak.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday, Oct. 18 when they host Massey at Centennial Park. Kick off is 3 p.m.

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