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Dryden handles C-PS to keep playoff bid alive

October 10, 2007
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team now stands two wins away from securing a state playoff appearance following a 36-19 road triumph against North Central Thumb League foe Carsonville-Port Sanilac last Friday night.

With the result, Dryden ups its mark to 4-3 and 3-3. Carsonville-Port Sanilac watches their record drop to -2-5 and 2-4.

"We came out tonight and took care of business," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "The boys knew their backs were against a wall and they responded with a win after a tough couple of weeks," he noted.

"Our backfield is finally starting to gel and get comfortable working together, and hopefully we are hitting stride right now, and this week was no fluke. Kingston is going to be a big test for us next week. I always worry about distractions during homecoming week. We need to focus and make sure we are only playing against one team next week. Kingston's record may not be as good as they have had in the past, but they are still a football school with a proud tradition. They have been where we want to be."

In Friday's meeting, Dryden took a 6-0 lead after one quarter was complete.

Dryden then followed it up with a 14-7 second quarter advantage and an 8-6 third quarter edge.

That made it 28-13, Dryden, at the 36-minute mark.

The visiting side then used an 8-6 fourth quarter advantage to close out a 36-19 victory.

Dryden logged their 36-point total thanks to an Allen Clark one-yard touchdown run; a Wes Jonik seven-yard touchdown run (followed by a Cody Paupert to Evan Crean PAT pass); a Jonik four-yard touchdown run; a Kevin Wasnmund three-yard touchdown run (followed by a Wasmund PAT tote); and a Jonik one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Jonik PAT tote).

Carsonville-Port Sanilac managed their 19-point output aided by a Todd Albrecht 22-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick); a Justin Taylor three-yard touchdown run; and an Albrecht to James Lusher 55-yard touchdown pass.

The Dryden ground attack finished with 438 yards on 56 totes.

Individually, Jonik (16 rushes for 138 yards), Clark (18 totes for 129 yards) and Chad Butler (16 rushes for 106 yards) led Dryden. Wasmund (six totes for 51 yards) and Paupert (three rushes for two yards) supported their performances.

For the evening, Paupert completed two of two pass plays for 43 yards as Dryden's quarterback.

Crean hauled in both of Dryden's receptions.

Clark (four solos and 14 assists) and Mike Lavalla (two solos and nine assists) proved Dryden's toughest defenders to contain. They were backed by Crean (six solos and three assists), Travis Litkovitz (three solos and five assists), Chris Peters (one solo and five assists), Paupert (three solos and two assists), Brandon Gierman (one solo and four assists), Frank Calabro (four assists), Jonik (two solos and one assist), Nate Bulzan (three assists) and Wasmund (one assist).

The Dryden defense also claimed one takeaway. Crean (a fumble recovery) furnished that.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it entertains North Central Thumb League adversary Kingston. The battle, Dryden's homecoming, 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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