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Dryden earns 44-6 road win over Akron-Fairgrove



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October 01, 2008
DRYDEN — Dryden handed host Akron-Fairgrove a 44-6 setback in a North Central Thumb League varsity football game last Friday night.

With the result, Dryden improves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 versus NCTL adversaries.

"Akron-Fairgrove came out ready to play tonight," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "They are going to be dangerous in the years to come as they have improved a lot over last year," he noted.

"We had to make some offensive and defensive adjustments early in the game. We have a big test next week against Memphis. I know they will be ready to play. We better come out more intense than we did this week or we will be in trouble."

In Friday's game, Dryden and Akron-Fairgrove finished the initial quarter with identical six-point outputs.

Quarter number two, though, would belong to Dryden.

Aided by a 26-0 edge there, Dryden took a 32-6 advantage at the halftime break.

The third quarter saw Dryden collect 12 points, while holding Akron-Fairgrove scoreless.

That made it 44-6, Dryden, at the 36-minute mark.

The remaining 12 minutes of play was scoreless.

The winning Dryden side generated their 44-point output aided by a Chad Butler 50-yard touchdown run; an Evan Crean safety; a Wes Jonik 17-yard touchdown run (followed by a Butler PAT tote); a Jonik 30-yard touchdown run (followed by a Butler PAT tote); an Eric Tietz 10-yard touchdown run (followed by a Cody Paupert to Joe Battisti PAT pass collaboration); a Paupert 48-yard touchdown run; and a Geno Volante 19-yard touchdown run.

On the evening, Paupert completed six of eight pass plays for 82 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to three different targets. Battisti (two catches for 36 yards), Matt Lynch (two receptions for seven yards) and Chad Butler (two catches for 39 yards).

The Dryden ground attack added 361 yards on 44 totes.

Individually, Jonik (17 carries for 143 yards) led Dryden. He was backed by Butler (111 yards on eight totes), Paupert (three carries for 42 yards), Volante (40 yards on six totes), Tietz (six totes for 25 yards), Austin Dunnigan (15 yards on one tote) and Allen Clark (two totes for zero yards).

Tietz (four solos and six assisted tackles) and Clark (two solos and six assisted stops) paced Dryden's defense. Crean (two solos and three assisted tackles), Paupert (two solos and two assisted stops) plus Kyle Bailey and Battisti (four assisted tackles each) supported their performances.

The Dryden defense also registered five takeaways. Crean (two fumble recoveries) along with Jake Albert, Tietz and Jonik (an interception apiece) furnished those.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it hosts Memphis (5-0, 4-0) in a North Central Thumb League showdown. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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