Jr. Bulldogs snag first win of the season

By Joel Charron

It was a game of firsts for the General Amherst Jr. Bulldogs as they took the field against the Massey Mustangs last Wednesday afternoon.

Not only did the Bulldogs manage to find the end zone for the first time this season, they did so while picking their first win of the season, beating the Mustangs 21-12 at Centennial Park.

The win puts the Jr. Bulldogs at 1-2 for the season.

Reilly Paquette’s 65-yard touchdown run ended Amherst two game scoreless streak,

Ryan Wismer looks up field to find an open lane.

which saw them get outscored 65-0.

The Bulldogs held a 7-6 at halftime.

Zac Sinasac put the Bulldogs up 14-6 in the third quarter after punching in the major.

Amherst looked to be poised to add another score on the board after recovering a Massey fumbled on the Mustangs 18-yard line, however the young Bulldogs squad coughed up the ball on Massey’s six-yard line to give the ball right back to their opponent.

Unscathed by the turnover, the Bulldogs Marshall Laing tore off a 30-yard touchdown run to push the score up 21-6.

Massey added a second touchdown late in the game, but was unsuccessful on the two-point conversion.

“It feels good to win,” said Paquette.

Paquette said he believes the Jr. Bulldogs are a good team and can pick up more wins as the season moves forward.   He also added a few team changed really helped in the win.

“We changed up the backfield and defense,” he said. “I think that really pulled us together.”

Amherst head coach Dave Scott said he was please that his team did not allow a rushing touchdown against the Mustangs.

“We played much better defensively,” said Scott. “Offensively, we moved the ball. We’re starting to block and run the ball properly.”

Scott mentioned that the team is starting to execute plays in practice, which is finding its way into the game.

“If we get everyone blocking, we can be tough,” said Scott.

Scott also added that Paquette’s touchdown is a building block for the young team, stating when they finally got a touchdown, “they believe they can score another.”

Amherst will host 4-0 Sandwich Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. at Centennial Park.

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