DRYDEN — Dryden earned a 48-38 win at host Burton Madison Academy's expense in a North Central Thumb League Stars Division battle last Thursday afternoon.
With the result, Dryden goes to 2-5 and 1-5. Burton Madison Academy drops to 1-6 and 0-6.
"Burton Madison Academy came out strong on the offensive side of the football," Dryden Coach Al Hutchinson observed. "Offensively we were making some plays but kept shooting ourselves in the foot," he noted.
"We regrouped after the half and played some excellent football. We had a big fumble recovery for an 85-yard return and it got us back to playing with fire and emotion. Madison played extremely hard. They made us work for it."
In Thursday's battle, Burton Madison Academy jumped out to a 22-12 advantage after one quarter was done.
Dryden's Hunter Gall shakes off an opposing tackle in Thursday's game.
The next 12-minute stretch saw Burton Madison Academy outscore Dryden 8-0, widening the gap to 30-12 at the halftime break.
When play resumed, Dryden bounced back with a 28-0 third quarter edge. That staked them to a 40-30 lead with 36 minutes gone.
Quarter number four saw Dryden add eight points to their total as did Burton Madison Academy, leaving them with a 48-38 victory to celebrate.
Hunter Gall (four), Blake Porter (two) and Jack Kaplan (one) supplied Dryden's touchdowns.
Jarrad Adams, Brendan Biggs and Gall added a two-point conversion each to Dryden's cause.
For the day, Jack Kaplan wound up one of three passing for three yards as Dryden's quarterback. Jarrad Adams (a two-point conversion) caught his toss.
Gall was the other Dryden player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt went for a 45-yard completion to Austin Zwiez.
The Dryden ground attack added 386 yards on 58 totes.
Porter (30 rushes for 236 yards) and Gall (132 yards on 22 totes) posted Dryden's top rushing numbers. The remaining six Cardinal rushes netted a combined 18-yard gain.
Porter (five solos and seven assists) and Kaplan (three solos and five assists) notched Dryden's highest tackle outputs. Gall (three solos and four assists) and Zwiez (two solos and five assists) made their presence felt as well.
The Dryden defense also registered a pair of takeaways. Porter and Gall (a fumble recovery each) furnished those.
Dryden returns to action this Friday when it travels to Carsonville-Port Sanilac for a non-league game. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.
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.