Sabres manhandle Bulldogs under the lights



Bulldogs-SabresCutline: Jessie Prentice breaks an arm tackle as he blows by a Sandwich defender.

By Joel Charron


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys football team continues to be a work in progress.

The Bulldogs suffered another crushing defeat, this time at the hands of the Sandwich Sabres, losing 59-7 Friday night at Sandwich.

The loss is the Bulldogs third of the season while the team has yet to win a game.

“The biggest thing is that we got through the game without any injuries,” said head coach John Rudak. “We are slowly learning techniques, blocking and tackling.”

Sandwich scored early and often in the first half.

In the opening quarter, Sandwich found the end zone thanks to 26, 30 and 31 yard touchdown runs and scored another three majors in the second quarter on a four-yard pass, 37-yard run and a 77-yard punt return.

Sandwich led 42-0 at the half.

Amherst showed signs of life in the second half with Bulldogs’ safety Jessie Prentice intercepting the Sabres opening second half drive.

The Bulldogs were unable to translate the turnover into points however Prentice forced and recovered a fumble on the ensuing drive to set the Bulldogs up with good field position.

With a short field, the Bulldogs put together a scoring drive that saw quarterback Ryan Gignac bust through the line for their first touchdown of the season.

Sandwich answered back by driving the ball down the field and scoring on a 10-yard run and recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff.

With the Sabres threatening the score again, Prentice came up with his second interception in the Bulldogs end zone.

Sabres added a 15-yard field goal and a 24-yard touchdown pass to round out the scoring.

Although the Bulldogs were blown out, Prentice said the Bulldogs have a couple moral victories to be happy about.

Despite getting dramatically outscored in the second half the Bulldogs allowed 17 points and recorded their first major of the season.

“Having two weeks off gave us a break where we only had practice and not game situations,” said Prentice. “We needed to get back into our rhythm. We finally found it in the second half.”

Prentice added he tried to fire up his team by trying to make play and hoped they would follow suit.

“As a fifth year player I have a lot more experience on the team,” said Prentice. “The younger guys were taking the loss a little hard and showing some emotion in a bad way. I just wanted to show them you can use that emotion and translate in to something positive on the field.”

The Bulldogs take on the Villanova Wildcats at the United Communities Credit Union Complex this Friday at 7 p.m.

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