Dino Rosati

Jr. Bulldogs show heart in season-ending loss



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team may not have won a game this season, but the coaches still saw progress this season.

The Bulldogs lost to the Sandwich Sabres 34-10 last Tuesday afternoon at Centennial Park to finish the 2017 WECSSAA junior football season 0-6. The Sabres did all of their scoring in the first half and led 34-3. General Amherst took some pride in winning the second half, as they outscored Sandwich 7-0.

Austin Farmer (22, left) outruns a pair of Sandwich defenders during a run in the second half Oct. 31 at Centennial Park.

The Sabres started quick with a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. After recovering the ensuing onside kick, Sandwich scored again on a 32-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-0.

The Sabres scored three touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to a 39-yard run, a 13-yard run and a 22-yard pass with a fourth touchdown called back on a penalty. The Sabres also had another major called back due to a penalty in the third quarter.

Will Jones booted a 30-yard field goal for the Bulldogs in the second quarter with Anthony McCarthy scoring from a yard out in the fourth quarter. The latter touchdown was set up thanks to strong running from Austin Farmer on that drive.

Preston Muzzin (84) makes a catch in the first half of General Amherst’s Oct. 31 game versus Sandwich. The Sabres won 34-10.

Quarterback Emmitt Rosati missed the game due to his lingering ankle injury.

“We started a lot of Grade 9’s to give them experience,” said General Amherst head coach Dino Rosati. “They did well.”

The Bulldogs knew they were out of the playoffs, Rosati added, as they had to win the previous week’s game versus Catholic Central to have a shot. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Rosati said Amherst still played hard.

“They played right until the end,” he said.

Members of the senior team helped with the coaching, he added, with Emmitt also helping to coach as he called the plays on offense.

General Amherst quarterback Nolan Crain (82) throws a pass during General Amherst’s loss to the Sandwich Sabres Oct. 31 at Centennial Park.

Rosati said about 12-14 players are eligible to return next season. The junior Bulldogs featured a lot of Grade 9 players that were new to football this season.

“I think we learned a lot,” said Rosati. “We had a good number of inexperienced Grade 9’s.”

With a year of football under their belts, Rosati said the Bulldogs have a “good chance to be successful” next season.

Jr. Bulldogs lose heartbreaker to Catholic Central



By Ron Giofu


It was a game the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team had a good shot at winning but a late touchdown by their opponents doomed them.

The Bulldogs lost 8-3 to the Catholic Central Comets last Tuesday afternoon at Centennial Park. Amherst carried a 3-0 lead into the fourth quarter but a 23-yard Catholic Central touchdown pass and subsequent two-point conversion gave the visitors the win.

Jacob Howson (9, right) looks for running room against Catholic Central Oct. 24.

It was the first win of the year for Catholic Central (1-4) while the Bulldogs dropped to 0-5.

The Comets looked to have opened the scoring in the first quarter thanks to a 77-yard touchdown run but it was called back on a penalty.

The second quarter saw a trio of General Amherst scoring opportunities. One drive stalled on the Catholic Central six-yard line, another resulted in a 26-yard field goal and the third saw the Bulldogs fumble on the Comets’ one-yard line right before the half.

Quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7) throws a pass Oct. 24 against Catholic Central. Rosati returned from injury to play in the game.

“It wasn’t the outcome we were looking for today,” admitted General Amherst head coach Dino Rosati. “We played tough. We hung in there. We had our chances but we just couldn’t take advantage of them.”

Rosati stated that the Bulldogs had five starters missing on offense, causing the coaches to have to use new running backs and wide receivers. Three more starters were injured on defense.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” he said after the game. “Even with all the backups, I still think we had a good chance to win the game.”

Head coach Dino Rosati (centre) talks to his players at halftime of last Tuesday’s game against Catholic Central at Centennial Park.

Quarterback Emmitt Rosati returned after missing last week with a sprained ankle but he was limited as well.

The coach did state that his players still made some good plays and they can use that to rebuild their confidence.

General Amherst’s final regular season game was Tuesday against Sandwich.

Jr. Bulldogs fall to 0-3 after 15-6 loss to Massey



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football injury lost their game to Massey last Tuesday but are hoping they haven’t lost their quarterback for a lengthy time period.

The Bulldogs lost 15-6 to the Massey Mustangs last Tuesday at Centennial Park but what was even more worrisome for the Bulldogs was an ankle injury to Emmitt Rosati, who also plays key roles on defense and special teams as well. Rosati suffered the injury in the second quarter when another player fell on him and he could not play the rest of the game.

Evan Beadow makes his way between two Massey tacklers during General Amherst’s junior football game with the Mustangs Oct. 10. Massey won 15-6.

“Hopefully it’s just a sprain,” said head coach Dino Rosati after the game.

Should Emmitt, who is also his son, not be able to play future games, the Bulldogs will look to alter their playbook to make things easier for backup quarterback Eric Blanchette.

Dino said that Blanchette started to settle in as quarterback after Emmitt’s injury.

The Bulldogs looked like the were going to score first as they got to the Massey one-yard line in the first quarter. However, a fumble killed that drive.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto (20) looks for running room against Massey Oct. 10 at Centennial Park.

Massey took a 1-0 lead into the half after a punt went through the General Amherst end zone for the single. The Mustangs added two third quarter touchdowns thanks to a one-yard Matt Lajoie touchdown run and a 30-yard fumble return by Evan Campaglia.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the fourth quarter when Owyn Hayes intercepted a pass and ran 105 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown.

“It was a tough loss,” said Dino. “The defense stepped up. We can’t ask any more.”

Dino said the tackling was better as compared to the Bulldogs’ previous game against Kennedy, calling it “100 per cent improved.”

“Overall, our defense played well. They made so many nice tackles. The tackling improved a lot,” he said.

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior team gather around their coaches after their Oct. 10 game against Massey at Centennial Park.

Assistant coach Spencer Duby said it was unfortunate to lose Emmitt, but also praised the team’s defensive effort.

“I think our defense played great today,” he said after the Oct. 10 game. “We’ve got to give our defense credit. We were able to take it to them today.”

The Bulldogs were at Villanova yesterday for a 3 p.m. game and return home for their final two regular season games Oct. 24 versus Catholic Central and Oct. 31 against Sandwich. The home games Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Jr. Bulldogs still looking for first win after 32-0 loss to Kennedy



By Ron Giofu


Despite a lopsided score going against them, the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team believes they still had their chances against Kennedy.

The Kennedy Clippers downed the Bulldogs 32-0 Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium. A pair of first half touchdowns – one in the first quarter and another in the second quarter – gave Kennedy a 12-0 lead at the half as neither two-point conversion try was successful.

General Amherst’s Evan Beadow (right, 8) evades a Kennedy tackler during first half action Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium.

An apparent Kennedy 55-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter was called back on a penalty.

Kennedy did score their third touchdown early in the third quarter before General Amherst had a chance of their own. Quarterback Emmitt Rosati ran from his own three yard line to the Kennedy 20 yard line but the Amherst drive stalled shortly thereafter.

Tyler Ryan (32, right) breaks up a pass attempt against Kennedy Oct. 3. Kennedy defeated General Amherst 32-0 at Windsor Stadium.

Kennedy scored on an 83-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, General Amherst coach Dino Rosati saw some positives from his team.

“We’ve just got to execute,” said Rosati. “We dropped a lot of balls that could have been game-changers.”

The Bulldogs also missed some tackles that, if made, could have changed their fortunes.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” said Rosati.

The Bulldogs feature many players that are new to football and Rosati added that there is some improvement from them and guys are stepping up.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” he stated.

Rosati added they have to “get back to basics” and work on their catching and tackling. He believed they will get better as the season unfolds.

General Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7, left) throws a pass as a Kennedy defender bears down on him during last Tuesday afternoon’s WECSSAA junior football game at Windsor Stadium.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he said.

The Bulldogs play next Tuesday at 4 p.m. against the Massey Mustangs at Centennial Park.

Jr. Bulldogs suffer 22-7 loss to Brennan in season opener



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team hit the field for the first time this season last Tuesday but came away with a loss.

The Bulldogs lost 22-7 to the Brennan Cardinals at Centennial Park in a game where the teams had to battle through off-and-on rain showers with the rain showers being mostly on.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto (20) battles a Brennan player for the football during last Tuesday afternoon’s 22-7 Brennan victory over the Bulldogs at Centennial Park.

The Cardinals built a 16-0 halftime lead and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter. General Amherst scored late in the game thanks to a touchdown pass from quarterback Emmitt Rosati to receiver Riley Sesto.

Despite the loss, General Amherst head coach Dino Rosati was happy with how his young team performed.

“The weather hurt us,” said Rosati. “We like to throw. It seemed like every time we got the ball, it rained harder.”

Rosati added there were “a lot of positives” from the Sept. 19 game.

General Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7) throws a pass just before taking a hit last Tuesday at Centennial Park. Brennan defeated General Amherst 22-7.

“They played right to the end,” he said. “The defense played hard. They didn’t give up anything big. They showed their toughness.”

Rosati said they want to be able to run the football better in upcoming games.

This year’s junior football team sees over half of them being Grade 9 players. Rosati said the bulk of the roster never played in a football game before last Tuesday’s game so he is confident they will improve as the year progresses.

The Bulldogs host Holy Names at Centennial Park today, after the Sep. 27 issue of the RTT went to press. Their next game after today is Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium versus Kennedy.