Jr. Bulldogs dominate in rout over Wildcats

 

 

JrBulldogs-VillanovaCutline: Eric Wismer (#32) knocks the pass out of the air as Jarrod Manherz (#6) covers the Villanova receiver.

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team wrote their own chapter in the long storied rivalry with the Villanova Wildcats.

After getting blown out by Villanova a season ago, the Jr. Bulldogs returned the favour by crushing the Wildcats 43-7 Wednesday afternoon at Villanova.

“I’m very proud of this team. I didn’t think we would able to handle (Villanova) that way,” said head coach Dave Scott.

Amherst went to work early, riding running back Eric Wismer and Mitchell Wright down the field before Wright opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 after the first quarter.

Villanova answered by moving the ball down field with their running back but fumbled on the Amherst 12-yard line. The fumble was recovered by the Bulldogs, who made them pay two plays later when Sam Girard hooked up with Jarrod Manherz on a 97-yard pass for a major.

Villanova’s only score of the game came on a 41-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.

Before the end of the quarter, Manherz showed his skills on defense, incepting a Villanova pass, however time expired before the Bulldogs took advantage of the turnover.

Jr. Bulldogs led 14-7 at the half.

Amherst was stopped on their first possession in the second half but regained possession when the Bulldogs recovered a muffed punt deep in Wildcats territory and would eventually punch it through on a 15-yard run by Wright.

On Villanova’s ensuing drive, Manherz intercepted his second pass of the game, which set another Wright touchdown run, this time from 25-yards out.

Wismer added his own major with a 10-yard run as Amherst led 36-7 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Amherst recovered a fumble and translated the turnover into a 25-yard-pass from Girard to Wright.

Shayne Purdy picked up Amherst’s third interception of the game as time wound down.

“We played a good game,” said Wright. “It was a heck of a job by the whole team.”

With the game separated by one touchdown at halftime, Wright said there was one aspect that changed the outcome for the Bulldogs.

“It was blocking… blocking all day,” he stated. “Our line, our outside receiver, everyone was doing their job and got their hands on someone in a white jersey.”

Although Scott was surprised by his team’s performance, he noted there is still plenty of areas that need fine-tuning.

“They ran against us fairly well,” said Scott. “We have a lot of young linebackers that don’t know really what to do just yet.”

The Jr. Bulldogs travel to Massey to take on the Mustangs this Wednesday.

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