DRYDEN — Host Dryden bolted out to a 38-8 advantage with 8:42 elapsed and went on from there to register a 46-8 triumph against Owen-Gage in a North Central Thumb League varsity football encounter last Friday night.
With the decision, Dryden moves to 3-0 and 2-0. Owen-Gage slips to 0-3 and 0-2.
"I give Owen-Gage a lot of credit," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "They are a young team with low numbers, but they played hard every down," he noted.
"We really need to bear down and focus if we are to have a chance against Peck next week. They are playing really good football now. We got away with some mistakes tonight that will really burn us next week if we repeat them"
In Friday's encounter, Dryden jumped out to a 24-8 advantage with 3:15 elapsed.
Dryden then outscored Owen-Gage 14-0 over the next eight minutes-plus.
That made it 38-8, Dryden, after one quarter was history.
Quarter number two saw Dryden put up eight points, while allowing Owen-Gage none.
That pushed Dryden's cushion to 46-8 at the halftime break.
Neither side would score the rest of the way.
Dryden logged their winning 46-point output thanks to a Wes Jonik 41-yard touchdown run (followed by a Chad Butler PAT tote); a Jonik 37-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT pass from Cody Paupert to Matt Lynch); an Allen Clark 30-yard interception return for a touchdown (followed by a Chad Butler PAT tote); a Paupert to Lynch 16-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Clark PAT tote); a Jonik 52-yard touchdown run; and a Lynch 53-yard fumble return (followed by a Chad Butler PAT tote).
On the evening, Cody Paupert wound up three of three passing for 37 yards as Dryden's quarterback.
Lynch had all of Dryden's receptions.
The Dryden ground attack wound up with 167 yards on 17 totes.
Individually, Jonik (four rushes for 131 yards) led Dryden. He was backed by Jake Albert (15 yards on one tote), Chad Butler (four rushes for 11 yards), Geno Volante (six yards on three totes), Eric Tietz (two rushes for six yards), Wes Butler (five yards on five totes) and Clark (one rush for two yards).
Nate Forrest (three solos and seven assists), Tietz (three solos and four assists) and Volante (one solo and seven assists) posted Dryden's top defensive numbers. Brandon Gierman and Justin Williamson (two solos and three assists each) plus Clark (five assists) made their presence felt as well.
The Dryden defense also collected five takeaways. Randall Flannigan, Mike Smith and Lynch (a fumble recovery apiece) plus Austin Dunnigan and Clark (an interception each) supplied those.
Dryden returns to action this Friday when they travel to Peck (3-0, 2-0) for a key North Central Thumb League matchup. That game is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.