Jr. Bulldogs stand strong to shutout Sandwich


jrDogs-SabresBy Joel Charron

General Amherst Bulldogs junior quarterback Sam Girard could barely bottle his excitement after watching running back Eric Wismer run 37 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive.

“That play was awesome,” Girard yelled over to Jr. Bulldogs head coach Dave Scott. Girard had plenty reason to be excited as the Jr. Bulldogs used a healthy combination of their high powered offense and gritty, hard hitting defense to shut out the visiting Sandwich Sabres 33-0 last Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Park.

“I’m so proud of our defense,” said Wismer.

“When it wasn’t working offensively, our defense came in strong and shut (Sandwich) down.”

The Jr. Bulldogs followed Wismer’s opening run with Girard tossing a screen pass to Grade 9 speedster Mitchell Wright, who then turned it up field for a 61-yard touchdown.

A missed two-point conversion gave Amherst a 13-0 lead after the first quarter. Will Borland punched in his first touchdown of the season for the Jr. Bulldogs from one-yard out. Amherst botched another two-point conversion and lead 19-0. Sandwich showed signed of life after recovering an Amherst fumble around midfield. The Sabres moved the ball effectively up the middle and was given new life after a roughing the passer penalty.

Sandwich marched the ball inside Amherst’s five-yard line but the Amherst defense stood strong and stopped the Sabre attack and took over on down on their two-yard line. Wright gave the Bulldogs a little breathing room by exploding for a 95-yard run that eventually set up a seven-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Trombley from Girard.

The Bulldogs led 26-0 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Borland added another touchdown, this time from three-yards out after Amherst blocked a Sandwich punt. Jarrod Manherz’s late interception sealed the 33-0 win for the Bulldogs.

“(Sandwich) had good size on us but we played well,” said Scott. “Our defense had a good goal line stand then stopped Sandwich on their end and we hit them for losses. I was very proud of our defense.”

Although Amherst put up 33 points, Scott said the offense didn’t execute as well as they should have, but they didn’t enough to win. Scott noted the Bulldogs speed was a factor against Sandwich. “If you have speed in football you can be successful,” he said. Wismer said the Jr. Bulldogs proved they could run the ball up the middle against the bigger teams.

“We have some quick, strong running backs with me, Mitchell and Will and when we are all running well, good thing happen to this team,” said Wismer.

The Jr. Bulldogs wrap up the regular season Wednesday afternoon against Catholic Central at Windsor Stadium.

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