General Amherst Bulldogs

Bulldogs rally to salvage tie with Kingsville

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

In a game that was similar to their previous one against Essex, the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team rallied to salvage a 3-3 tie against Kingsville.

The Bulldogs and Cavaliers battled at the Libro Centre just before the Christmas break began and the visitors broke out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. The third Kingsville goal seemed to awaken the Bulldogs, as they quickly responded with two goals on the same shift. Max Clifford and Josh DiCarlo made it a 3-2 game before the intermission.

Isaac Hammond tied the game in the third period and that is how it ended.

“It seems to be our M.O. lately,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett, of coming from behind to tie games. “We certainly don’t want to make a habit of that.”

General Amherst’s Isaac Hammond (left) drives to the net in the boys hockey team recent game against the Kingsville Cavaliers. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

Garrett pointed out it was their fifth game in two days, as they advanced to the semi-finals of a tournament that week as well.

“Kingsville was missing a few players,” Garrett added. “We may have taken them too lightly. It’s nice to be able to pull out the tie.”

Garrett said the tie puts the Bulldogs in sole possession of second place in their division, the WECSSAA “AA” Cullen Conference. General Amherst is 3-1-2 on the season at the break, good for eight points. L’Essor and Essex each have nine points but General Amherst has a game in hand on both teams.

General Amherst’s Josh DiCarlo scores a second period goal against Kingsville Dec. 21. The Bulldogs overcame a 3-0 deficit and tied Kingsville 3-3.

Parts of the Bulldogs’ game that Garrett wants to improve include offensive zone pressure, as he stated that much of their offense comes from the perimeter and not in front of the net. He also wants to improve the powerplay.

“Josh and Max are carrying the load offensively,” said Garrett. “We’ve got some other pretty good players that have got to start hitting the back of the net.”

The Bulldogs resume WECSSAA action with a game at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle Jan. 9 versus the Sandwich Sabres. The following game is not until Jan. 16 when the Belle River Nobles come to the Libro Centre for a 3 p.m. game.

Bulldogs drop to 0-4 after loss to Villanova

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team went into the Christmas break 0-4 after a 40-35 loss to the Villanova Wildcats.

The Wildcats looked to have the game well in hand in the first half, as they built a 11-5 lead after one quarter and a 22-8 halftime advantage. However, a lively third quarter saw General Amherst score 20 points in those eight minutes alone as they outscored Villanova 20-11 in the quarter to make it a 33-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.

However, Villanova held off General Amherst and came away with the win.

Sebastian Hebert, one of the General Amherst captains, said it was a fast-paced game and said they had “a good comeback” in the third quarter.

“It was really back-and-forth,” said Hebert. “We played good defense.”

Hebert attributed the third quarter surge to a boisterous fan base.

Villanova’s Ben Diab (30) attempts a shot over General Amhest’s Kale DeCarlo during the Bulldogs’ most recent home game. Villanova won 40-35.

“We had a good crowd and a lot of support,” he said.

Hebert added they shot the ball better and made better passes in the game against the Wildcats.

General Amherst coach Ben Pelger said he knew it was a rivalry game and that both enjoy playing one another.

“Our team had a slow start,” he said. “Then we really came together as a team.”

The Bulldogs were hamstrung by the fact they lost three players to foul trouble late in the game.

“No excuses,” Pelger stated. “(Villanova) played great.”

General Amherst’s Joe Leroux (55, left) drives to the basket during first half action against the Villanova Wildcats. Defending Leroux is Villanova’s James Hanlon (20). Villanova won the senior boys basketball game 40-35.

Pelger also pointed out the fan support, adding “we started making shots.” He said they got more aggressive in the third quarter but that led to the foul trouble.

Villanova also got the win in the junior game, which preceded the senior game. The Wildcats won 64-29.

“They are improving every game. They came out aggressive today,” said Pelger. “They had a good third quarter and proved they can play with other teams.”

The junior Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season 24 hours later when they travelled to Windsor and downed Westview Freedom Academy 71-25.

Both teams resume play Jan. 9 when St. Joseph comes to town then play at Belle River two days later.

Jr. Bulldogs lose to Villanova 41-1

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It wasn’t a game that the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team will consider their finest.
For the Villanova Wildcats, last week’s game will provide them with better memories.

The Wildcats knocked off the visiting Bulldogs 41-1 last Tuesday afternoon in a game played at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School. Villanova did the bulk of its scoring in the first half with General Amherst coach Dino Rosati stating his team showed some improvement in the second half.

Eric Blanchette (11, left) throws a pass during fourth quarter action Oct. 17 at Villanova. Villanova won 41-1.

“It didn’t quite go the way we wanted,” Rosati remarked after the game.

Quarterback Emmitt Rosati missed the game due to a sprained ankle with Eric Blanchette and Nolan Crain splitting time under centre against Villanova.

“They both did an OK job,” said Rosati, noting the two back-up quarterbacks picked up valuable experience they didn’t have before.

“They played pretty well for never having played that spot before,” said the head coach.

Other players managed to get on the field and get some experience as well, Rosati added.

“We got a lot of kids in there. We see some positives,” said Rosati. “We got a lot of kids some experience.”

Preston Muzzin (84) reels in a pass against Villanova during General Amherst’s 41-1 loss to the Wildcats Oct. 17.

The second half was better because of the defense, he believed.

Anthony Paossi scored three touchdowns for Villanova with Dawson Taylor, Josh Rosa and Jaxon Laramie each having one touchdown for the Wildcats.

“We had a couple of good stops on defense in the second half,” said Rosati.

The Bulldogs (0-4) host another winless team Oct. 24 as the Catholic Central Comets come to Amherstburg. The Bulldogs conclude the regular season Oct. 31 with a 4 p.m. game against Sandwich, also at Centennial Park.

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.