Jr. Bulldogs advance in football playoffs with 35-0 win over Brennan



JrFootball3By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs have advanced in the WECSSAA junior football playoffs thanks to a 35-0 win over the Brennan Cardinals.

The game, played last Wednesday at Centennial Park, saw the Bulldogs miss some opportunities early but they found their groove as the game went on and put the Cardinals away.

A missed interception by the Bulldogs defense on the first series of the game would have set the home side up in good field position but the Bulldogs would soon score anyway when Mitchell Wright capped a drive with a two-yard touchdown.

Eric Wismer scored a 26-yard running touchdown in the second quarter to make it 14-0 but future opportunities later in the half went by the wayside due to mistakes. The Bulldogs recovered a fumble off a kickoff and set up shop on the Cardinals’ five-yard line but fumbled the ball right back to Brennan. Wright looked to have scored a 19-yard touchdown but that was called back on a penalty.

The Bulldogs smoothed things out in the second half. Quarterback Sam Girard scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter while Will Borland and Wismer scored fourth quarter touchdowns of 20 and 34 yards respectively.

“It’s a great feeling to win a playoff game,” said Borland. “We executed well all game.”

Borland said the defense played well and there was excellent blocking on the offensive line. He credited the line with helping him with his touchdown.

“It feels good to have a playoff touchdown,” said Borland.

General Amherst now has a tough matchup at Herman this week and Borland knows they will have to play hard if they want to advance from that game.

“We need to step it up against Herman,” he said. “We can’t afford to take any plays off.”

Amherst head coach Dave Scott said Borland ran well and they used him more as a running back because he runs well up the middle.

“We executed beautifully on the line,” said Scott. “I can’t say enough about the way the line played today.”

That was important, Scott added, because the high winds last Wednesday hampered the Bulldogs’ passing game.

Scott was also pleased with how the defense played as well.

Today’s game at Herman starts at 3 p.m.

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