Sr. Bulldogs dismantle Cougars

Amherst moves to 3-0 after impressive win

By Joel Charron

General Amherst running back Corey Bezaire walked off the field after thrashing the third ranked Cardinal Carter Cougars 26-0, feeling pretty good.

“Coming off last week against Brennan we (Amherst) had a little sick feeling in our stomachs,” said Bezaire. “It felt good to take it out on a better team.”

Mike McNorgan goes airbourn after getting his legs taken out from underneath him.

The General Amherst Bulldogs put together one of their most impressive, complete game against the Wilson Conference’s biggest front four.

Cardinal Carter’s offensive and defensive line dwarfed Amherst’s line in comparison, however the Bulldogs proved that size doesn’t matter.

After forcing the Cougars three and out on their first offensive drive of the game, the Bulldogs launched an aerial attack that brought them to the Cougars five yard line, however the Bulldogs failed to punch the ball into the red zone on three attempts.

Rather than chance giving the Bulldogs good field position on a punt, Cardinal Carter conceded a safety, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

On Amherst next offensive series, Bezaire exploded for a 62-yard scamper, putting the Bulldogs up 9-0.

“Just to get the touchdown in general felt great,” said Bezaire. “The whole team picks up momentum from it.”

Cardinal Carter bullied their way down to the Amherst red zone before heaving a pass in the end zone that ended up getting picked off by Amherst safety Mike McNorgan.

Later in the second quarter, the Cougars once again had a chance to put points on the board with a 30-yard field goal but shanked it wide right.

Amherst’s Adam Robinson intercepted a pass to end the first half.

After a good kickoff return gave the Bulldogs good field position, quarter Mike Mallender fired a 51-yard pass that found the hands of receiver Jeff Masson for the major. Amherst would also add a single point after Cardinal Carter failed to get the ball out of the end zone on a punt, giving the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead heading into the final frame.

Spencer Petrozzi shakes off two Cardinal Carter defenders as he finds his way into the end zone of a 23-yard run.

Spencer Petrozzi rumbled into the end zone on a 23-yard run and after recovering an onside kick on the ensuing kickoffs, Matt Duby added a 34-yard field goal for a convincing 26-0 win.

Amherst head coach John Rudak was impressed by his team performance.

“This is probably as complete a football game that I’ve ever coached in,” said Rudak. “The defense did exactly what they were suppose to do. We forced them into situations where they didn’t want to be in. On offense, a couple of new plays we put in were very successful. When they over adjusted to us, we went the other way.”

Rudak said the Bulldogs had some lucky breaks go their way but added “good teams make their own luck.”

In 12 quarters of football Amherst has allowed only seven points.

“How can you not be pleased?” said Rudak.

Mallender said the game was well-balance on both sides of the ball and even with a couple of offensive linemen out with injury, the line played well and gave him time to throw.

“The guys who came in, stepped up great,” he said.

Mallender also praised the defense, stating that the defense allows him to do different things on offense.

“It frees me up and lets me take some chances. That’s when I can use my athleticism,” said Mallender.

Amherst improves to 3-0 and puts a strangle hold on the Wilson Conference’s number one ranking. The Bulldogs take on Forster on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Centennial Park at 3:30 p.m.

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