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Dryden wins in convincing fashion, rolling to a 46-0 victory on gridiron



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August 29, 2007
DRYDEN — Dryden trounced host Dearborn Star International Academy, 46-0, in a non-conference varsity football matchup last Saturday afternoon.

With the decision, Dryden goes to 1-0 overall. Dearborn Star International Academy slips to 0-1 this season.

"It is always good to open with a win," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "Travis Litkovitz had a monster game for us defensively and our backfield has improved greatly since our scrimmage, though they still have a ways to go," he noted.

"We worked out some things this week that we needed to take care of to be prepared for the league. We need to play a lot harder and be more disciplined against Owen-Gage this week or the outcome will not be in our favor."

In Saturday's matchup, Dryden jumped out to an 8-0 lead after one quarter was history and increased their cushion to 30-0 at the halftime break. The Cardinals then used an 8-0 third quarter edge and an 8-0 fourth quarter advantage to close out a lopsided 46-0 win.

Dryden generated their winning 46-point output aided by a Wes Jonik five-yard touchdown run (followed by a Chad Butler PAT tote); an Eric Tietz two-yard touchdown run; a Brandon Gierman safety; a Jonik 14-yard touchdown run; a Butler to Matt Lynch 27-yard touchdown pass; an Allen Clark two-yard touchdown run (followed by a Jonik PAT tote); and a Butler to Nathan Forrest 37-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Clark PAT run).

Chad Butler completed two of three pass plays for 64 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 Forrest (a 37-yard catch) and Lynch (a 27-yard reception).

The Dryden ground attack added 153 yards on 31 totes.

Individually, Jonik (six carries for 77 yards) led Dryden. He was backed by Tietz (47 yards on eight totes), Clark (nine carries for 36 yards) and Wes Butler (six yards on three totes).

From a defensive standpoint, Travis Litkovitz (four solos, six assists, one blocked punt and a forced fumble) paced Dryden. Clark (four solos and four assists), Lynch (three solos and three assists), Evan Crean (one solo and four assists), Forrest (five assists), Frank Calabro (four assists), Chad Butler and Cody Barker (two solos and one assist apiece), Jonik (one solo and two assists), Jeff Chisholm, Cody Paupert, Tietz and Gierman (one solo and one assist each) and Ray Peka (one assist) supported his performance.

The Dryden defense also notched one takeaway. Tietz (a fumble recovery) furnished that.

Dryden returns to action this Thursday when it hosts Owen-Gage. The North Central Thumb League encounter is slated to get underway at 6:55 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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