20-14 in NCTL
September 26, 2007
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team fell six points short when the final scores were tallied, dropping a 20-14 road verdict to Memphis in a North Central Thumb League varsity football encounter last Friday night.
With the outcome, Memphis moves to 3-2 and 3-1. Dryden slips to 3-2 and 2-2.
"We played a tough hard-nosed game," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "We set the tone early, but Memphis fumbled on the one going into the endzone and pinned us deep," he noted.
"They were able to keep us in bad field position for the rest of the half and force us to play defense. In the second half, they made some adjustments defensively and it just turned into a slugfest for the rest of the game with neither team wanting to give in. I give Memphis a lot of credit for tonight, they have a longstanding tradition there and my boys are still trying to find an identity. I told them they had nothing to hang their heads over after the game. When you play your best and lose, you have nothing to be ashamed of. We are still focusing on improving every week. I expect our boys to rally and give their all next time out when we go up against North Huron."
In last Friday's encounter, Dryden took an 8-0 lead after one quarter was history.
Quarter number two was scoreless.
When the action resumed, Memphis bounced back with a 6-0 third quarter advantage.
That made it 8-6, Dryden, at the 36-minute mark.
Memphis then outscored Dryden by a 14-6 count from that point on, assuring themselves of a 20-14 win when the final second ticked off the clock.
In defeat, Dryden generated their 14-point output aided by an Allen Clark one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Chad Butler to Matt Lynch PAT pass); and a 45-yard touchdown tote by Clark.
For the evening, Butler finished four of seven for 40 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
The Dryden ground attack added 199 yards on 44 carries.
Individually, Clark (140 yards on 20 rushes) led Dryden. Eric Tietz (13 carries for 27 yards) and Butler (16 yards on five rushes) supported his performance. The remaining six Cardinal rushes netted a combined 16-yard gain.
Tietz (six solos and nine assists) paced Dryden. He was backed by Butler (four solos and five assists), Clark (two solos and six assists), Lynch (two solos and four assists), Cody Paupert (two solos and two assists, featuring a goal-line stop during the opening quarter on a fourth-and-goal situation), Travis Litkovitz and Nate Bulzan (two solos and two assists each), Joey Battisti (one solo and one assist), Evan Crean (two assists) plus Frank Calabro (an assist).
The Dryden defense also claimed three takeaways. Tietz (two fumble recoveries) and Calabro (an interception) furnished those.
Dryden returns to action this Friday when it travels to North Huron for a North Central Thumb League clash. That battle lists a 7 p.m. starting time.
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.