Mustangs trample Bulldogs in football season opener


By Joel Charron


It wasn’t exactly how they envisioned the start of the season.

AMHERST FOOTBALLThe General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys football team kicked off the 2013 high school football season with a 43-0 loss to the Massey Mustangs at Windsor Stadium Thursday evening.

Amherst head coach John Rudak was forced to call the game midway through the third quarter due to injuries.

In only two-and-a-half quarters of football, Amherst saw the roster of 26 get chopped down after a number of player fell to game ending injuries.

“It was defiantly a situation that I’m not accustomed to be in,” said Rudak. “I’ve probably never had so many players go down with a variety of injuries.”

Rudak mentioned he’s never had to take five players to the hospital in an entire season but had to take five players Thursday night.

The Bulldogs seemed to be ready to play, shutting down Massey on the opening drive of the game, however after Amherst was stuffed on their opening offensive possession, Massey scored on a 15-yard touchdown run.

On the ensuing drive, the Mustangs recovered an Amherst fumble and just a few plays later found the end zone of a 35-yard run.

Massey led 14-0 after the first quarter.

The Mustang attack didn’t let up, scoring three touchdowns on a 65-yard pass, a 10-yard run and one-yard run. Massey also recorded two safeties and led 40-0 at the half.

Massey added a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter before the game was called.

“The good news is, we can only get better from here,” said Rudak.

Amherst quarterback Ryan Gignac said it was a “very disappointing game.”

“There were a lot of thing that were going wrong that probably shouldn’t have,” he said. “We all have to do a better job.”

Despite the lopsided loss, Gignac believes the Bulldogs can grow from this and improve.

“I think we need a week of hard practice and I think we will be fine,” he said.

The Bulldogs square off against the Kennedy Clippers in their home opener this Thursday at Centennial Park. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.


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