Jr. Bulldogs get first win of season in dominating fashion

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Junior Bulldogs now know what they are capable of when they are firing on all cylinders.

The Jr. Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season, knocking off Lajeuenesse 41-0 last Tuesday afternoon at Sandwich Secondary School.

The Jr. Bulldogs got off to a blistering start thanks in part to the running game. Eric Wismer scored two touchdowns in the opening frame, the first coming off a 10-yard run and the second from 42-yards out. Amherst converted one of the two extra points and held a 13-0 lead after the first 12 minutes.

Amherst added two more touchdowns in the second quarter. Sam Girard connected with Jerrod Manherz on a 19-yard touchdown pass followed by David Beaudoin smashing his way into the end zone on a 29-yard run. Only one of the two extra points was converted.

Amherst held a 26-0 lead at the half.

Beaudoin recorded his second major of the game in the third quarter on a goal line stance to push the lead to 33-0 after the converted extra point.

The Jr. Bulldogs tacked on a single point off a Girard punt into the end zone.

Jr. Bulldogs running back David Beaudoin fights for a few extra yards as two Lajeunesse defenders attempt to bring him down.

Daniel Nguyen’s six-yard touchdown run capped off the scoring.

After the game, Beaudoin said it was nice to finally get their first win of the season.

“It’s sweet like sugar,” said Beaudoin. “It’s the first win for Amherst and it’s a shutout too.”

Beaudoin said the Jr. Bulldogs have been practicing hard all week and it paid off on the field as both offense and defense executed their game plan to near perfection.

“I thought we played an amazing game,” said Beaudoin. “We’ve definitely improved since our first game. We could tell that just by the scores of our games.”

He also added the win gives the team “loads of confidence” moving into their final three games.

General Amherst head coach Dave Scott said the offense has shown signs of improvement since the tilt against Catholic Central. He also noted that he has made defensive adjustments to stifle teams who successfully run the sweep against them.

With seven Grade 9 in starting positions, Scott added the defense has stepped up and improved their tackling.

“You can’t win without defense,” said Scott.

Scott stated the win against Lajeunesse was a “must win” and hopes the taste of winning gives them the confidence to keep rolling.

“If we didn’t get this win, they were done,” he said. “I was very proud of them. Everyone is playing. I thought everyone played well.”

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