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Dryden stomps Owen-Gage, 40-0

NCTL showdown with Peck looming next for Cards

September 05, 2007
DRYDEN — Dryden trounced visiting Owen-Gage, 40-0, in a North Central Thumb League varsity football matchup last Thursday night.

With the decision, Dryden ups its mark to 2-0 and 1-0. Owen-Gage slips to 0-2 and 0-1.

"We really came out focused in the first half and took care of business," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "We have a really balanced backfield this year and it is going to be tough for teams to key on one or two guys and shut us down," he noted.

"The offensive line played outstanding and played with a lot of pop this week. Defensively we played solid, except for a few miscues we will address this week in practice. We know from scouting that Owen-Gage was going to try and get outside on us, and my outside linebackers and defensive ends did a respectable job containing them. Peck is going to be an early challenge for us. They have Michael Mann running the ball this year, and we really need to step up this week in practice if we are going to come away with a win against them."

In Thursday's matchup, Dryden jumped out to a 12-0 lead after one quarter was done.

Not content with that cushion, Dryden increased its advantage to 34-0 at the halftime break and widened the gap to 40-0 after three quarters. The remaining 12 minutes of play was scoreless, leaving the Cardinals with lopsided triumph when the final second ticked off the clock.

Dryden generated their 40-point output thanks to a Chad Butler 64-yard touchdown run; an Eric Tietz two-yard touchdown tote; an Allen Clark two-yard touchdown run; a Clark 10-yard touchdown tote (followed by a PAT pass collaboration from Butler to Nathan Forrest); a Tietz 10-yard touchdown run (followed by a Butler to Matt Lynch PAT pass completion); and a Tietz 35-yard touchdown tote.

For the evening, Butler completed three of three pass plays for 30 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Lynch (two catches for 27 yards) and Forrest (one reception for three yards).

The Dryden ground attack added 380 yards on 39 totes.

Individually, Butler (seven carries for 132 yards) headlined. He was backed by Tietz (85 yards on seven totes), Clark (10 carries for 72 yards), Wes Jonik (69 yards on nine totes), Cody Barker (four carries for 16 yards) and Cody Paupert (four yards on one tote). The remaining Cardinal carry went for a two-yard gain.

From a defensive standpoint, Tietz (six solos and four assists) paced Dryden. He was backed by Travus Litkovitz (two solos and seven assists), Clark (four solos and three assists), Evan Crean (three solos and four assists), Lynch (one solo and six assists), Jonik (three solos and three assists), Forrest (one solo and five assists), Butler and Barker (two solos and two assists each), Brandon Gierman (two solos and one assist), Frank Calabro (three assists), Paupert (one solo and two assists), Josh Barnier (one solo), Ray Peka (one assist)

The triumphant Dryden side also managed one takeaway. Forrest (an interception) provided that.

Dryden resumes its schedule this Friday when it entertains Peck. The contest, involving North Central Thumb League rivals, is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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