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Playoff bound: Cards 6-0

Dryden takes control of NCTL with 22-19 win against Memphis in showdown of unbeatens

The Dryden Cardinals got a leg up on the Memphis Yellowjackets, as this photo illustrates. The Cardinals won a thriller last Friday night, securing a top spot in the NCTL standings and staying unbeaten on the season. photo by Kevin Kissane.
October 08, 2008
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team now sits alone atop the North Central Thumb League standings following a 22-19 win against visiting Memphis in a showdown last Friday night.

With the result, Dryden raises its mark to 6-0 and 5-0. Memphis watches their record drop to 5-1 and 4-1.

"Memphis is a great team and this is the way a 5-0 versus a 5-0 battle should play out," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "All of our guys worked hard this week in practice from the practice squad to the skill position guys and it really showed," he noted.

"We got big stops when we needed them. Our guys went out and won this game and I have never been so proud of any team I have coached in my life. We better be focused next week so that we can avoid a letdown against North Huron. They took Memphis to double overtime a few weeks ago and they are playing for a share of the league and their playoff lives. They have a heck of a program up there and we need to take them seriously."

In Friday's much-awaited showdown, Dryden and Memphis ended the initial quarter with zero points each.

Quarter number two saw Dryden collect 16 points, while allowing Memphis six.

When the action resumed, Memphis struck for a 7-6 third quarter edge.

That made it 22-13, Dryden, at the 36-minute mark.

Memphis then outscored Dryden 6-0 the rest of the way, only to leave the field with a 22-19 setback at night's end.

Dryden amassed their winning 22-point output aided by a Chad Butler two-yard touchdown run (followed by an Eric Tietz PAT tote); a Cody Paupert to Matt Lynch two-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT run from Tietz); and a Tietz 75-yard touchdown run.

Memphis countered with a Brian Rucinski to Richard Olbyrus seven-yard touchdown pass; a Jay Hayes 42-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Alex Franz); and a Hayes two-yard touchdown run.

On the evening, Cody Paupert completed three of five pass plays for 22 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Tietz (one catch for 15 yards), Wes Jonik (one reception for five yards) and Lynch (one catch for two yards) formed that group.

The Dryden ground attack rushed the ball 56 times for 427 yards.

Individually, Tietz (349 yards on 29 totes) posted Dryden's best numbers. He was backed by Butler (11 rushes for 54 yards), Jonik (29 yards on 11 totes), Clark (two rushes for three yards) and Paupert (three yards on three totes).

From a defensive standpoint, Paupert (two solos and nine assists) paced Dryden. Clark (one solo and nine assists), Kyle Bailey (three solos and five assists), Tietz (two solos and six assists), Lynch (three solos and four assists), Evan Crean (two solos and five assists), Nate Forrest (one solo and six assists), Joe Battisti (seven assists), Butler and Jonik (six assists each), Frank Calabro (two solos and one assist), Geno Volante (one solo and two assists) and Brandon Gierman (one assist).

Dryden will look to keep their perfect record intact this Friday when it entertains North Central Thumb League rival North Huron. The encounter, Dryden's homecoming, is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

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