DRYDEN — The Kingston varsity football team denied Dryden's bid for a homecoming win, securing a 60-37 victory in a North Central Thumb League contest last Friday night.
With the result, Kingston goes to 4-4 and 4-3. Dryden falls to 4-4 and 3-4.
"This was a tough loss for us," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak admitted. "I've got to give it Kingston, they really came out and played hard this week," he noted.
"Radar Williams is a solid back for them and was able to hurt us even though we were keying on him all week in practice. Wes Jonik had another solid game for us offensively, with a lot of help from the offensive line. We will be ready to finish the season strong next week."
In Friday's contest, Kingston grabbed a 14-6 edge after one quarter was complete.
Dryden quarterback Cody Paupert looks to hand off the ball to Wes Jonik during their homecoming game versus Kingston last Friday night. Jonik went on to rush for 264 yards and four touchdowns in a 60-37 loss. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Quarter number two would see Kingston collect 28 points, while allowing Dryden eight.
That made it 42-14, Kingston, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Dryden bounced back with a 16-6 third quarter edge.
That trimmed Dryden's deficit to 48-30 at the 36-minute mark.
Kingston then outscored Dryden by a 12-7 count from that point on, closing out a favorable 60-37 verdict.
In defeat, Dryden generated their 37-point output aided by an Eric Tietz 64-yard touchdown run; a Jonik 63-yard touchdown dash (followed by a Allen Clark PAT tote); a Jonik 54-yard touchdown dash (followed by a Tietz PAT tote); a Jonik one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Kevin Wasmund PAT tote); and a Jonik eight-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot courtesy of Alvaro Ruiz de Loizaga.
For the evening, Cody Paupert finished one of seven passing for 18 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw two interceptions en route to those numbers.
The Dryden ground attack chewed up 548 yards of territory on 69 totes.
Individually, Jonik led Dryden with 264 yards. It took him 26 carries to amass that total. He was backed by Tietz (159 yards on 21 totes), Clark (11 carries for 44 yards), Wasmund (10 yards on two totes) and Paupert (four carries for five yards).
Nathan Forrest added an interception to Dryden's cause.
Dryden closes out their 2007 slate this Saturday with a road trip to Burr Oak. That matchup lists a 3 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.