Sr. Bulldogs blanked 42-0 by Tecumseh Vista Academy



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs had their home opener last Thursday night but are still looking for their first win.

The Bulldogs welcomed the Tecumseh Vista Academy Vortex to the Libro Centre but it was the visitors who came away with a 42-0 victory. The undermanned Bulldogs suffered additional injuries as the game went on and ended up dropping to 0-2 on the 2017 WECSSAA AA Tier 2 senior football season.

General Amherst head coach speaks with his team after the Bulldogs lost 42-0 to Tecumseh Vista Academy last Thursday night at the Libro Centre.

The Vortex led 7-0 after one quarter thanks to a 23-year touchdown pass on third down. A penalty wiped out a pick-six for the visitors later in the quarter. Tecumseh Vista added three touchdowns in the second quarter – a four-yard shovel pass for a score and one and 12-yard touchdown runs – and led 28-0 at the half.

A nine-yard touchdown pass and a 27-yard touchdown run in the third and fourth quarters respectively rounded out the scoring. The Vortex threatened late in the fourth quarter but Brayden LeClerc intercepted a pass to stall a Tecumseh Vista drive.

General Amherst head coach John Rudak gives instruction to Ethan Lavigne last Thursday night during the game against Tecumseh Vista Academy.

Despite the loss, General Amherst head coach John Rudak saw some positives.

“Definitely, there was a lot of progress in the first half,” said Rudak. “We were a lot calmer. We were better on defense because of the fact we played calmer.”
The injuries and a lack of both depth and experience caught up with the Bulldogs, though, and Amherst was unable to rally.

“They do play with a lot of heart,” said defensive co-ordinator Joel Charron. “They don’t have a lot of experience. There’s not much more we can ask from a team with 19 guys and guys playing in their first year.”

General Amherst’s Brayden LeClerc is brought down by a pair of Tecumseh Vista Academy tacklers during first half action Sept. 21 at the Libro Centre.

Rudak said Ethan Lavigne was a standout on the defensive side of the football.

“Ethan played an outstanding game on defense,” said Rudak. “He chased down a lot of guys for us.”

Rudak added the Bulldogs “are trying to survive and get ready for Friday” when the Leamington Lions come in for a 5 p.m. game at the Libro Centre. More players are expected to come out to practice and that should give the Bulldogs a lift, Rudak added.

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