Jr. Bulldogs suffer 22-7 loss to Brennan in season opener

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team hit the field for the first time this season last Tuesday but came away with a loss.

The Bulldogs lost 22-7 to the Brennan Cardinals at Centennial Park in a game where the teams had to battle through off-and-on rain showers with the rain showers being mostly on.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto (20) battles a Brennan player for the football during last Tuesday afternoon’s 22-7 Brennan victory over the Bulldogs at Centennial Park.

The Cardinals built a 16-0 halftime lead and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter. General Amherst scored late in the game thanks to a touchdown pass from quarterback Emmitt Rosati to receiver Riley Sesto.

Despite the loss, General Amherst head coach Dino Rosati was happy with how his young team performed.

“The weather hurt us,” said Rosati. “We like to throw. It seemed like every time we got the ball, it rained harder.”

Rosati added there were “a lot of positives” from the Sept. 19 game.

General Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7) throws a pass just before taking a hit last Tuesday at Centennial Park. Brennan defeated General Amherst 22-7.

“They played right to the end,” he said. “The defense played hard. They didn’t give up anything big. They showed their toughness.”

Rosati said they want to be able to run the football better in upcoming games.

This year’s junior football team sees over half of them being Grade 9 players. Rosati said the bulk of the roster never played in a football game before last Tuesday’s game so he is confident they will improve as the year progresses.

The Bulldogs host Holy Names at Centennial Park today, after the Sep. 27 issue of the RTT went to press. Their next game after today is Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium versus Kennedy.

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