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Dryden trounces Akron-Fairgrove, 44-24, in a NCTL football contest



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September 19, 2007
DRYDEN — Dryden made visiting Akron-Fairgrove absorb a 44-24 loss in a North Central Thumb League varsity football confrontation last Friday night.

With the final, Dryden moves to 3-1 and 2-1. Akron-Fairgrove slips to 0-4 and 0-3.

"We knew that Adam Foster (who finished with 109 passing and 144 rushing yards) was going to be a threat to us coming into the game," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "Adam has been starting up there for four year and is arguably the top quarterback in our league, he noted.

"Thankfully, we were able to limit the impact of the rest of Akron offense. We haven't played our best football yet. I am happy that we won this week, but disappointed in the number of mistakes we made. If we are going to be successful this year, we have to get better every week and not be content with only winning against teams who haven't won a game yet. I just don't think our kids realize how good they could be yet. If we are going to have a shot at something special the whole team, from the backups to the captains, really need to step it up."

The winning Dryden side amassed their 44-point output thanks to an Eric Tietz 64-yard touchdown run; a Wes Jonik 10-yard touchdown run (followed by a Chad Butler to Matt Lynch PAT pass collaboration); a Tietz 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (followed by a Jonik PAT tote); an Al Clark one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Tietz PAT tote); a Kevin Wasmund four-yard touchdown run (folowed by a Clark PAT tote); and a Chad Butler 63-yard touchdown run.

In victory, Chad Butler completed two of seven pass plays for five yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.

Jonik (a three-yard catch) and Lynch (a two-yard reception) were his targets.

The Dryden ground attack chewed up 350 yards of territory on 44 totes.

Individually, Tietz led Dryden with 133 yards. He required 10 totes to amass that total. Butler (five carries for 74 yards), Clark (57 yards on 14 totes), Wasmund (eight carries for 47 yards) and Jonik (39 yards on seven totes) supported his performance.

Jonik (one solo and eight assists) and Tietz (two solos and six assists) notched the top Dryden tackle outputs. They were backed by Evan Crean (four solos and four assists), Clark (three solos and four assists), Brandon Gierman (four solos and two assists), Nate Bulzan (two solos and four assists), Frank Calabro (one solo and five assists), Cody Paupert (one solo and three assists), Chad Butler (two solos and one assist), Travis Litkovitz (one solo and two assists), Chris Peters and Nick Vicari (one solo apiece) along with Wes Butler, Jeff Chisholm and Lynch (one assist each)

The Dryden defense also registered two takeaways. Clark (an interception) and Litkovitz (a fumble recovery) furnished those.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it takes a road trip to Memphis. The meeting, involving North Central Thumb League rivals, 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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