General Amherst bounces back in a big way in junior football action

 

 

Jr Football1 Jr Football2By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team rebounded from their first loss of the season in impressive fashion.

The Bulldogs travelled to Windsor Stadium last Wednesday evening where they registered a 48-6 win over the Kennedy Clippers. The Bulldogs, who suffered their first loss of the season at home to Holy Names the previous Wednesday, improved to 4-1 on the season.

General Amherst’s special teams was one of the few causes for concern on the day and that became clear on the opening kickoff when Kennedy recovered their own kick. The Clippers managed to drive down inside the Bulldogs’ five yard line but Amherst held Kennedy scoreless.

The Bulldogs responded shortly thereafter when Mitchell Wright darted 92 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Wright would find the end zone again later in the quarter when quarterback Sam Girard found him with a 35-yard scoring strike to make it a 14-0 Amherst lead after one.

Girard and wide receiver Jarrod Manherz helped double the Amherst advantage to 28-0 at the half thanks to a pair of second quarter touchdown passes. Girard found Manherz on a 33-yard touchdown early in the quarter before connecting with him again on a one-yard slant pass with under three minutes to go in the half.

Kennedy moved down the field early in the third quarter and got their only major of the game by recovering their own fumble in the Bulldogs’ end zone but the Girard-Manherz connection worked again before the quarter was out, this time resulting in a 29-yard scoring play.

The Bulldogs cashed in twice more in the fourth quarter. Eric Wismer scored on a 33-yard touchdown run to make it 42-6. Tyler Tremblay would take advantage of a Kennedy fumble on a punt return by recovering the ball in the Clippers’ end zone for the final touchdown of the game.

Wright said the Bulldogs knew they had to bounce back after the previous week’s loss against Holy Names. He said the blocking was solid against Kennedy and the defense played well.

“We had to show people we’re not quitters,” he said. “We’re going to keep fighting.”

Wright credited his teammates for his two touchdowns.

“Sam put it right on me,” he said of his touchdown reception.

“On the other one, we had great blocking on the right side enabling me to score,” Wright added.

Amherst head coach Dave Scott said Girard was 4-for-4 passing with all four being touchdowns.

“We executed when we had to,” said Scott. “We look for special plays because we have trouble driving it down the field.”

The Bulldogs held their own defensively, he said, but the Bulldogs also need to strengthen up the middle of their defense.

“All of our linebackers are in Grade 9,” said Scott.

General Amherst hosts Sandwich today at 4 p.m. at Centennial Park and conclude the regular season back at Windsor Stadium Oct. 30 for a 3 p.m. matchup against Catholic Central.

If the Bulldogs win out, Scott said they will finish second in the Janisse Division.

“Hopefully we can keep it going,” he said.

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