DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football battled tough until the clock zeroed out for the final time, dropping a 54-48 verdict to visiting Kingston in a North Central Thumb League Stars Division game last Thursday night.
With the outcome, Kingston improves to 2-0 and 1-0. Dryden slips to 1-1 and 0-1.
"That was a very clean evenly matched fight," Dryden Coach Al Hutchinson commented. "I am so proud of how my boys fought until the end," he emphasized.
"We could have cashed it in at any time but they just kept battling. We made mistakes but we never quit. We will regroup this week and come out fighting again."
In Thursday's game, Kingston took a 22-16 edge after one quarter was history.
The next 12-minute stretch saw Dryden generate 12 points and Kingston manage six, making it a 28-28 ballgame at the half.
When play resumed, Dryden struck with 12 points during quarter number three and Kingston produced the same. That left it a 40-40 contest with 36 minutes gone.
Kingston then outscored Dryden 14-8 the rest of the way, pulling out a 54-48 victory.
Hunter Gall (three), Blake Porter (two) plus Sam Peyerk and Jarrad Adams (one each) furnished Dryden's touchdowns. The Cardinals also added six points via the conversion route.
For the evening, Peyerk proved true on four of four pass plays for 34 yards as Dryden's quarterback.
Dalton Raymond came in off the bench, contributing a four of seven performance for 39 yards to Dryden's cause. He completed a touchdown pass along the way.
Their successful tosses went to four different targets. Adams (four catches for 40 yards), Gall (two receptions for 18 yards) and Porter (one catch for six yards) and Jack Kaplan (one reception for five yards) formed that group.
The Dryden ground attack amassed 404 yards on 40 totes. Blake Porter (22 rushes for 153 yards), Gall (151 yards on 11 totes) and Peyerk (seven rushes for 100 yards) made that output possible.
Porter (in on 19 stops), Gall (in on 15 tackles), Austin Zwiez (in on 12 stops) and Jack Kaplan (in on 11 tackles) paced Dryden's defense. Adams (in on eight stops) backed their performances.
Dryden returns to action this Friday when it hosts North Central Thumb League Stars Division rival Lawrence. That contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.