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Dryden 60, C-PS 7


Sixth-ranked Cardinals win NCTL title with lopsided gridiron win



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October 22, 2008
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team, listed sixth among Division 7 squads statewide according to the latest Associated Press poll, saw to it that an outright North Central Thumb League title would belong to them as the Cardinals rolled to a 60-7 road victory over the Carsonville-Port Sanilac Tigers last Friday night.

With the decision, Dryden goes to 8-0 and 7-0. Carsonville-Port Sanilac slips to 0-8 and 0-7.

"We came out flat in the first quarter and that hurt us a little bit," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "We were just starting to get momentum going when there was a 20 minute stoppage of play for an injury at the start of the second quarter," he noted.

"After that, we were able to pull it together and play our game the rest of the way. Everybody on the roster has worked to earn this title and they all were deserving of playing time. My assistant coaches Al Hutchinson, Don Twiss and Bob McClintic have done an excellent job of helping us prepare these guys week in and week out. With the league title secured, it's time to set our sights on a 9-0 season and take care of business next week against Burr Oak."

In Friday's game, Dryden grabbed an 8-0 edge after one quarter was complete.

The second quarter would see Dryden put some distance between themselves and Carsonville-Port Sanilac.

Aided by a 24-0 cushion there, Dryden took a 32-0 lead at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Dryden struck with a 22-7 third quarter advantage.

That made it 54-7, Dryden, at the 36-minute mark.

Dryden then outscored their opposition 6-0 the rest of the way, closing out a favorable 60-7 verdict.

The winning Dryden side generated their 60-point output thanks to an Al Clark six-yard touchdown run (followed by an Eric Tietz PAT tote); a Chad Butler 12-yard touchdown run (followed by a Clark PAT tote); a Cody Paupert to Matt Lynch 42-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Butler PAT tote); a Clark seven-yard touchdown run (followed by a Clark PAT tote); a Geno Volante five-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert to Adam Barnier PAT pass); a Lynch 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; a Volante 30-yard touchdown run (followed by a Wes Butler PAT tote); and a Volante 57-yard touchdown run.

For the evening, Paupert completed five of six pass plays for 100 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses went to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Lynch (two receptions for 67 yards), Tietz (one catch for 19 yards), Chad Butler (one reception for 14 yards) and Barnier (one reception for three yards).

The Dryden ground attack proved stellar again, chewing up 420 yards of territory on 34 totes.

Individually, Volante (six rushes for 97 yards) led Dryden. He was backed by Tietz (88 yards on six totes) Clark (seven rushes for 77 yards), Chad Butler (73 yards on five totes), Wes Jonik (four rushes for 54 yards), Jake Albert (18 yards on two totes), Paupert (two rushes for 12 yards) and Wes Butler (six yards on two totes).

Kyle Bailey (two solos and seven assists) paced Dryden's defense. Nate Forrest (four solos and three assists), Joe Battistiand Volante (three solos and three assists each), Evan Crean (two solos and four assists), Chad Butler (three solos and two assists) and Clark (four solos and one assist) made their presence felt as well.

The Dryden defense also notched one takeaway. Lynch (a fumble recovery) furnished that.

Dryden will look to close out a spotless 2008 regular season this Saturday when it hosts non-conference foe Burr Oak. That matchup lists a 3 p.m. starting time.

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