Emmitt 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 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 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.

Jr. Bulldogs improve to 3-2 after defeating Lajeunesse

 

By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team is back over the .500 mark on the 2016 WECSSAA season thanks to a big win over Lajeunesse.

The Bulldogs downed Lajeunesse 42-7 last Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Park with Justin Guy scoring four touchdowns – three on offense and one on defense.

Justin Guy (42) carries the ball up the field for the General Amherst Bulldogs during last Wednesday's game against Lajeunesse. Guy scored three touchdowns on offense and another on defense in the 42-7 Amherst win.

Justin Guy (42) carries the ball up the field for the General Amherst Bulldogs during last Wednesday’s game against Lajeunesse. Guy scored three touchdowns on offense and another on defense in the 42-7 Amherst win.

It was Lajeunesse who looked to have the first touchdown of the game but a 65-yard touchdown pass was disallowed thanks to a penalty for having too many men on the field. It was the Bulldogs who ended up opening the scoring later in the first quarter when quarterback Emmitt Rosati connected with wide receiver Tyler Bratt on a 26-yard touchdown pass to put Amherst up 7-0.

General Amherst sported a 21-7 halftime lead after scoring twice in the second quarter but allowing Lajeunesse to get on the board. Guy capped a drive with a one-yard run early in the quarter to put Amherst up 14-0 then he would return an interception 30 yards to increase the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-0.

Bulldogs quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7) unloads a pass during General Amherst's 42-7 win over Lajeunesse last Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Park.

Bulldogs quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7) unloads a pass during General Amherst’s 42-7 win over Lajeunesse last Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Park.

Lajeunesse would score on a four-yard touchdown run late in the first half for their only touchdown of the afternoon.

The Bulldogs would have two more touchdowns called back on penalties in the second quarter.

General Amherst made it a 28-7 game in the third quarter when Rosati found Cole Chittle on a 36-yard touchdown pass. Two more touchdown runs from Guy, one from seven yards out and the other from 34 yards, rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Chittle converted all six Amherst touchdowns.

“It was a great game,” said Guy. “Our runs up the middle were really good.”

As for his interception, Guy said he read the Lajeunesse quarterback’s eyes and saw he looked directly at the receiver he wanted to throw to.

“I sprinted for it,” he said.

Guy said the Bulldogs’ next opponent will be a more difficult game, as they play Sandwich in LaSalle.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” he predicted.

General Amherst's Calvin Cribley (83) tries to break away from a Lajeunesse defender during last Wednesday afternoon's game at Centennial Park. The Bulldogs won 42-7.

General Amherst’s Calvin Cribley (83) tries to break away from a Lajeunesse defender during last Wednesday afternoon’s game at Centennial Park. The Bulldogs won 42-7.

Bulldogs’ head coach Dino Rosati said they played well but could have played better. He said they made some mental mistakes, possibly due to overconfidence, but he was happy with the game overall.

“It was a solid win for sure,” said Rosati. “We stayed focused. Our tackling was much better. Our players are seeing field better on defense.”

Rosati believes the Bulldogs “are starting to hit their stride” and hopes they continue that upward trend into the final two regular season games and into the playoffs. Both of the remaining regular season games are on the road.

“Sandwich should be a good game,” he said. That game is Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

Jr. Bulldogs improve to 2-1 after shutting out Kennedy

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs now have two wins and one loss on the 2016 junior football season after a shutout win over Kennedy.

The Bulldogs thumped the Clippers 28-0 last Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Park. The two teams were scoreless in a quick first quarter but the Bulldogs got the first of their four touchdowns in the second quarter when Justin Guy found the end zone from 23-yards out on an option play. Kennedy had two opportunities to tie the game late in the half but passes to the end zone went incomplete.

General Amherst running back Justin Guy (42, right) eludes a Kennedy defender Oct. 5 at Centennial Park. The Bulldogs beat Kennedy 28-0 with Guy scoring two touchdowns.

General Amherst running back Justin Guy (42, right) eludes a Kennedy defender Oct. 5 at Centennial Park. The Bulldogs beat Kennedy 28-0 with Guy scoring two touchdowns.

Guy scored his second touchdown in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown run. Emmitt Rosati scored later in the third quarter on a one-yard quarterback sneak.

Rosati scored his second touchdown of the afternoon in the fourth quarter on another short yardage run.

Cole Chittle converted all four touchdowns while Calvin Cribley had an interception.

“It was a pretty solid win,” said Bulldogs coach Dino Rosati. “Our defense, offense and special teams all played well. Everyone did their jobs. It was a solid performance by everyone. They really stepped up.”

After losing 28-0 in the first game of the season at Massey, the Bulldogs have now won two straight. Rosati said the Bulldogs learned a lot from the Week 1 defeat and are playing a lot better.

“They are starting to understand the game more and getting better at understanding at what they need to do,” said Rosati.

The team is also a lot more confident, he added.

“A little confidence goes a long way.”

Cole Chittle (14) tries to break free from Kennedy tacklers during the Oct. 5 General Amherst win at Centennial Park.

Cole Chittle (14) tries to break free from Kennedy tacklers during the Oct. 5 General Amherst win at Centennial Park.

There is a lot to build on heading into this Wednesday’s game against the St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats, he added, including the strong defensive effort that pitched a shutout against Kennedy.

“Shutting out anyone is always great,” he said.

The game against Villanova will be a tough one, Rosati predicted, as the Wildcats are a good team with a big quarterback. He said they will have to work on their gang tackling in order to bring the Villanova signal caller down.

“It’s going to be hard to take him on one-on-one,” said Rosati.

The Villanova-General Amherst game will be at Centennial Park with the kickoff currently scheduled for 4 p.m.