Sr. Bulldogs open season with a shutout win over Assumption

General Amherst wide receiver Jarrod Manherz (84) fights off an Assumption defender during the Bulldogs’ 24-0 win last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst wide receiver Jarrod Manherz (84) fights off an Assumption defender during the Bulldogs’ 24-0 win last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior football team is looking to rebound from last year’s disappointing season and got off on the right foot.

The Bulldogs opened the 2014 season at the Libro Centre last Thursday afternoon with a 24-0 victory over the Assumption Purple Raiders. Many of the returning senior players hadn’t won a football game in a while, with last year’s team being winless until that season ended early due to mounting injuries and a lack of depth.

It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to open the scoring, as Eric Wismer scored the first touchdown of the year on the second play of the game when he took a handoff 54 yards to the end zone. Wismer looked to have another touchdown – this one from five yards out – later in the opening quarter but that was called back on a holding penalty. The latter drive ended up being capped with a 22-yard Josh Heymans field goal.

Amherst’s lead grew to 12-0 when Assumption conceded a safety in the second quarter. Quarterback Sam Girard scored from five yards out before the first half was out making it a 19-0 Bulldog lead at the break.

Heymans connected on an 18-yard field goal in the third quarter with Amherst getting single points off of punts in each of the third and fourth quarters to round out the scoring.

“It was a good game. It was a good win for sure,” said Wismer.

Wismer said getting a shutout was “huge” and said they all came together as a team to pick up the victory. He said they practiced hard in preparation for this season in order to reverse their fortunes from last year.

“We came a long way from last year,” said Wismer. “We worked hard and it paid off in the end.”

Spencer Duby, one of the returning players from last year, said the Bulldogs have a “one team, one goal” mentality and agreed with Wismer that they have worked hard at practice leading up to the game.

“It’s one game but it feels great,” he said.

Despite the win, Duby acknowledged there are things the Bulldogs would like to improve. He noted there were some snaps that were fumbled and some penalties they would like to clean up.

“We have to work on the little things,” said Duby.

The Bulldogs resume their Arnott Conference schedule this Thursday with the annual Homecoming Game. It will be the only home game this season scheduled for Centennial Park. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.

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