Jr. Bulldogs open season in impressive fashion

 

By Joel Charron

 

Jr football-1 Jr football-2It seems the General Amherst Junior Bulldogs have it all.

A dynamic quarterback, an elusive running back, a sure-handed wide receiver, an unexpected x-factor and a ferocious, aggressive defense to top it all off.

Last Wednesday, the Jr. Bulldogs put it all together for a dominating 41-0 win over the visiting St. Joseph Lasers for the WECSSAA junior football season opener at Centennial Park.

Jr. Bulldogs quarterback Sam Girard, who went 5-for-5 for 177 yards and three touchdowns said Wednesday’s win set the tone for the rest of the season.

“We want to win a championship,” said Girard. “It’s going to be tough, there are a lot of good teams out there but we all want to win a championship.”

The path to a junior football title got off to a fast start with Mitchell Wright bolting to the house on a 33-yard punt return touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Eric Wismer gave Amherst a 14-0 advantage before the first quarter concluded with a 13-yard touchdown run.

The Jr. Bulldogs kept attacking in the second quarter, scoring twice, once on a one-yard Girard sneak and a four-yard toss to receiver Jarrod Manherz.

Amherst led 28-0 at the half.

In the second half, Girard added two more touchdown passes to his total, including tossing a major to Mitchell Wright on a 40-yard bomb and a subsequent 24-yard strike to Manherz, but Amherst couldn’t convert the extra point on the latter.

St. Joe’s kept Amherst off the scoreboard in the final frame.

Girard said he knew the defense would perform but was a little surprised how well the offense was rolling.

“We have a smaller line and none of them have played before in the position,” he said. “But they did a great job, I’m very proud of the way they played. We all came together today”

Wismer noted the team has come a long way from last season.

“We have a lot of offensive tools. We can attack teams from a lot of different areas,” he said. “We are not big but we are athletic and fast. Teams are going to underestimate us.”

Jr. Bulldogs head coach Dave Scott said he was proud of both offensive and defensive squads for executing their game plan to near perfection.

“They looked good out there,” said Scott. “They were right on the money today.”

Although the Jr. Bulldogs displayed what they are capable of doing, Scott noted there is still plenty of aspects of their game that need fine-tuning.

“The defense still isn’t penetrating like they should and they are waiting for the play to come to them instead of attacking the ball,” he said.

The Jr. Bulldogs look to improve to 2-0 on Wednesday as they take on longtime rival, the Villanova Wildcats at Villanova. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.

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