Jr. Bulldogs improve to 3-0 thanks to 34-6 win over Massey

 

 

JrFootball1 JrFootball2By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs head into their biggest game of the season with another big win under their belts.

The Bulldogs (3-0) were in south Windsor last Wednesday afternoon where they knocked off the Massey Mustangs 34-6.

General Amherst opened the scoring in the first quarter thanks to a 55-yard scoring strike from quarterback Sam Girard to wide receiver Jarrod Manherz. A drive late in the first quarter stalled on the Massey five-yard line.

The Bulldogs scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter, the first being set up by a 70-yard punt return by Mitchell Wright. Running back Eric Wismer finished the drive with a five-yard scoring run.

Wismer found the end zone again later in the quarter on a 27-yard touchdown run and would score his third major of the game late in the half on a one-yard scoring run. That latter touchdown was set up by an interception by Girard, who on defense returned the pick deep into Mustangs’ territory.

The extra point on the fourth Amherst touchdown was blocked but the special teams got that point back off a missed field goal early in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs up 28-0.

Massey responded with a 70-yard touchdown run of their own in the third quarter – the extra point failed – but Amherst answered back in the fourth quarter when Girard found Wright on a 31-yard touchdown pass on a third down play.

“Our team played really good. Our offense and defense really came together,” said Wismer.

Wismer noted the team practices hard and the results are paying off in games.

“We work a lot harder,” he said.

The running game, added Wismer, has improved with players blocking better. Tackling has also improved over a season ago, he said.

Working hard in practice has to continue with Holy Names on the horizon this week, said Wismer.

General Amherst head coach Dave Scott was happy with his team’s performance against Massey but noted they face a tough test against Holy Names.

“We had great execution on offense. When we wanted to score, we did,” said Scott.

A fourth quarter Amherst fumble was only their first turnover of the season, he noted.

Special teams also played well, said Scott. The defense needs a bit of work, but Scott was satisfied with their effort against the Mustangs.

“We have to shore up on the inside but the defense played well when they had to,” said Scott.

The offensive line played well as did the defensive backs, he added.

Today’s game against Holy Names is at 4 p.m. at Centennial Park. Scott called it “the biggest game of the year” as the Knights are considered the favourite in the division.

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