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Peck stops Dryden, 50-6



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September 12, 2007
DRYDEN — Peck bolted out to a 36-6 cushion at the halftime break, setting the stage for a lopsided 50-6 road win at Dryden's expense in a North Central Thumb League varsity football game last Friday night.

With the result, Peck goes to 3-0 and 2-0. Dryden slips to 2-1 and 1-1.

"We came out really nervous this week," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "We were making mental mistakes and lining up in the wrong spots during the pregame warmups," he noted.

"We only have one senior who has played before this year. The underclassmen were a bundle of nerves tonight, we just don't have any big game experience. We need to put this game behind us and move on. It is long season. I told the guys at halftime there were two truths: they weren't as good as they thought they were, but they weren't as bad as they played tonight. Peck may be the cream of the crop in the NCTL."

In Friday's game, Peck jumped out to a 24-0 lead after one quarter was complete. The Pirates then widened the gap to 36-6 at the halftime break and 44-6 after three quarters were finished.

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Eric Tietz, of Dryden, looks for the official to rule that his carry resulted in a touchdown during last Friday’s North Central Thumb League matchup with Peck. Tietz scored on the play, but Peck won the game by a convincing 50-6 score. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Peck then outscored Dryden 6-0 from that point on, closing out a 50-6 win.

The victorious Peck side generated their 50-point output thanks to a Michael Mann 22-yard touchdown run (followed by a Mann PAT tote); a Mann 21-yard touchdown run (followed by a Brian Carrier PAT tote); a Mann 65-yard touchdown run (followed by a Zach Overstreet PAT tote); a Donnell Hamilton 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown); a Mann one-yard touchdown run; a Mann 53-yard touchdown run (followed by a Mann PAT tote); and an Aaron Rich 11-yard touchdown run).

Dryden produced their six-point total aided by an Eric Tietz touchdown tote encompassing six yards of territory.

On the evening, Chad Butler completed two of five pass plays for 21 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

Matt Lynch had both of Dryden's catches.

Cody Paupert was the other Dryden player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt fell incomplete.

The Dryden ground attack added 130 yards on 42 carries.

Individually, Tietz (11 rushes for 68 yards) and Allen Clark (42 yards on 13 totes) put up Dryden's best numbers. Wes Jonik seven rushes for 30 yards) and Cody Barker (10 yards on three totes) followed. The remaining eight Cardinal rushes netted a combined 10-yard loss.

Travis Litkovitz (four solos, six assists, in on five quarterback sacks, a blocked punt and a forced fumble) proved Dryden's defensive standout. Clark (four solos and four assists), Matt Lynch (three solos and three assists), Evan Crean (one solo and four assists), Nathan Forrest (five assists), Frank Calabro (four assists), Barker (two solos and one assist), Jonik (one solo and two assists), Tietz, Paupert, Jeff Chisholm and Brandon Gierman (one solo and one assist apiece) along with Ray Peka (one assist) supported his performance.

Tietz (a fumble recovery) notched the lone Dryden takeaway.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it hosts North Central Thumb League rival Akron-Fairgrove. That matchup 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.
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