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Dryden wins showdown of NCTL unbeatens, 42-26



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September 24, 2008
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team let it be known that they are indeed the real deal, earning a 42-26 win at host Peck's expense in a North Central Thumb League varsity football showdown last Friday night.

With the outcome, Dryden raises its mark to 4-0 and 3-0. Peck drops to 3-1 and 2-1.

"This was a huge win for us," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "My offensive coordinator Al Hutchinson called a heck of a game," he emphasized.

"Our quarterback Cody Paupert really stepped up once Peck started stacking the box against the run. He stood in the pocket and took some punishment in order to deliver great passes tonight. Defensively, we made the right reads and made big stops when we needed them. This was a great overall team effort. I felt like we finally played four quarters of football. We really need to stay focused next week when we go to Akron-Fairgrove, they have been scoring a lot of points this year and we have to take them seriously."

In Friday's much-awaited showdown between a pair of unbeatens, Dryden jumped out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Peck then bounced back with a 12-8 second quarter edge.

That made it 22-12, Peck, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Dryden bounced back with a 14-0 third quarter advantage.

That left Dryden holding a 36-12 lead at the 36-minute mark.

Peck then outscored Dryden 14-6 the rest of the way, only to fall by a 42-26 count when the final second ticked off the clock.

Dryden amassed their winning 42-point total thanks to a Wes Jonik one-yard touchdown run (followed by an Eric Tietz PAT tote); a Paupert to Joe Battisti 58-yard touchdown pass; a Paupert to Matt Lynch four-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Chad Butler PAT tote); a Paupert to Battisti 18-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Paupert to Lynch PAT pass collaboration); a Jonik five-yard touchdown run; and a Paupert to Lynch nine-yard touchdown pass.

On the night, Paupert completed six of seven pass plays for 106 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.

His successful throws went to two different targets. Lynch (four catches for 30 yards) and Battisti (two receptions for 76 yards) formed that group.

The Dryden ground attack amassed 256 yards on 46 totes. Jonik (15 rushes for 104 yards), Tietz (73 yards on 15 totes), Butler (five rushes for 30 yards), Clark (15 yards on seven totes) and Paupert (two rushes for six yards) made that output possible.

Battisti (four solos and five assists), Lynch (four solos and four assists) and Clark (three solos and five assists) provided Dryden's best defensive numbers. Tietz (two solos and five assists), Butler (five solos and one assist), Jonik (three solos and two assists), Nate Forrest (two solos and three assists) plus Evan Crean and Frank Calabro (two solos and two assists each) made their presence felt as well.

Dryden will look to keep their perfect record intact this Friday when it ventures to Akron-Fairgrove. The NCTL encounter, is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

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