Wes Butler, of Dryden, protects the football as a Burr Oak defender makes a tackle during the team’s non-league matchup last Saturday afternoon. Dryden capped an unbeaten regular season with a 43-8 win at Burr Oak’s expense. photo by Kevin Kissane.
October 29, 2008
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team, listed sixth among Division 7 squads statewide according to the latest Associated Press poll, put the finishing touches on a spotless 2008 regular season run with a 43-8 victory over visiting non-league counterpart Burr Oak last Saturday afternoon.
With the decision, Dryden improves to 9-0 overall. Burr Oak watches a 0-9 campaign reach an endpoint.
"We are very proud of these guys for going 9-0, but we can't get too full of ourselves," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak commented. "There is a good chance that the opponent we play next week will be the toughest competition we have seen all year," he emphasized.
"We need to be focused and keep taking it one game at a time. It's win or go home now. I don't think we will be content with just making the playoffs after the year we have had."
In Saturday's clash, Dryden bolted out to a 27-0 cushion after one quarter was complete.
Quarter number two was scoreless.
When the action resumed, Dryden struck with a 16-8 third quarter edge.
That staked Dryden to a 43-8 cushion at the time, the eventual final score.
The victorious Dryden side notched their 43-point total thanks to an Eric Tietz 19-yard touchdown run (followed by a Cody Paupert to Matt Lynch PAT pass collaboration); a 22-yard return of a blocked punt for a touchdown by Al Clark (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Jake Albert); a Matt Lynch 60-yard punt return for a touchdown; an Evan Crean 20-yard touchdown run; a Chad Butler 54-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote from Tietz); and a Chad Butler 25-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT pass from Paupert to Chad Butler).
For the afternoon, Paupert completed two of four pass plays for six yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Chad Butler and Lynch (one catch for three yards each).
The Dryden ground attack again proved tough to contain. The Cardinals finished with 249 yards on 32 totes. Chad Butler (three rushes for 99 yards), Geno Volante (52 yards on eight totes), Clark (three rushes for 32 yards), Albert (25 yards on six totes) and Wes Butler (four rushes for 11 yards) helped generate that output.
Tietz (four solos and five assists plus a blocked punt) and Kyle Bailey (two solos and six assists) paced the Dryden defense. They were backed by Paupert (three solos and three assists), Mike Smith (three solos and two assists), Clark (one solo and four assists), Lynch (three solos and one assist) and Wes Butler (four solos).
The Dryden defense also collected three takeaways that afternoon. Clark (an interception and a fumble recovery) and Austin Dunnigan (an interception) furnished those.
Dryden will look to continue their winning ways this Friday when it hosts Memphis (8-1) in a Division 7, Region 4, District 1 opening round playoff game. That contest is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.