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Dryden breezes to lopsided 52-0 homecoming win over NCTL foe

Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak gives his team some advice between quarters of their homecoming clash versus North Huron last Friday night. photo by Kevin Kissane.

October 15, 2008
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team (7-0, 6-0) kept their perfect record intact with a 52-0 win at the expense of visiting North Huron (4-3, 4-2) in a North Central Thumb League homecoming game last Friday night.

"Things just went our way tonight," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak commented. "North Huron has had a couple of injuries down the stretch to their seniors and that is hard to cope with," he noted.

"I'll give them credit, despite the fact they were down, they played four quarters of football. We're just taking it one game at a time. It was a great total team effort tonight."

In Friday's game, Dryden let it be known from the outset that they meant business. That well-taken point was reflected on the scoreboard as the Cardinals bolted out to a 22-0 advantage after one quarter was history.

The second quarter would see Dryden pick up right where it left off.

Aided by a 30-0 cushion there, Dryden widened the gap to 52-0 at the halftime break.

That was followed by a scoreless second half, leaving Dryden with a favorable verdict to celebrate at night's end.

Dryden generated their winning 52-point total aided by a Al Clark 21-yard touchdown run (followed by an Eric Tietz PAT tote); a Chad Butler nine-yard touchdown run (followed by a Butler PAT tote); a Butler seven-yard touchdown run; a Cody Paupert 26-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert to Butler PAT pass); a Paupert to Butler 20-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Paupert PAT tote); a Wes Jonik 53-yard touchdown run; a Jonik 27-yard touchdown run (followed by a Jake Albert PAT tote).

On the evening, Paupert completed two of three pass plays for 23 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

Butler had both of Dryden's catches.

The Dryden ground attack chewed up 276 yards of territory on 43 totes.

Individually, Jonik (eight rushes for 110 yards) led Dryden. He was backed by Clark (57 yards on five totes), Chad Butler (seven rushes for 44 yards), Paupert (25 yards on three totes), Tietz (four rushes for 17 yards), Albert (14 yards on four totes) and Geno Volante (five rushes for 13 yards).

Mike Smith and Clark (one solo and three assists each) paced Dryden's defense. Evan Crean and Chad Butler (two solos and one assist apiece), Tietz (one solo, two assists and a blocked punt), Matt Lynch and Joe Battisti (one solo and two assists each), Brandon Gierman and Austin Dunnigan (three assists apiece), Jonik (two solos), Josh Wargo and Albert (one solo and one assist each), Wes Butler, Randall Flannigan and Volante (two assists apiece), Frank Calabro, Nate Forrest and Brian Ladner (one solo each) along with Adam Barnier and Kyle Bailey (one assist apiece) supported their performances.

The Dryden defense also collected three takeaways. Calabro and Jonik (a fumble recovery each) along with Volante (an intereception) notched those.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when they square off versus host Carsonville-Port Sanilac in a North Central Thumb League contest. That matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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