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Dryden knocks out Memphis, 50-12, in district grid opener

Chad Butler, of Dryden, follows the block of Al Clark during a Division 7, Region 4, District 1 playoff game with Memphis last Friday night. photo by Kevin Kissane.

November 05, 2008
DRYDEN — Sixth-rated Dryden knocked out unranked Memphis, 50-12, in a Division 7, Region 4, District 1 opening round football playoff encounter it hosted last Friday night.

With the result, Dryden (10-0) advances to this Friday's district championship on the road where second-ranked Ubly (10-0) provides their opposition. That showdown is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. Memphis watches an 8-2 season reach an endpoint.

"This was a great all-around game for everyone on the team," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "It is tough to beat a team twice in one season and my guys rose to the task tonight," he noted.

"Ubly is going to be tough, they have a heck of a program up there and they have been on fire all year. We have to stay focused and practice extra hard this week."

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

Quarter number two would see Dryden start to pull away.

Thanks to a 22-6 cushion there, Dryden took a 30-6 lead at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Dryden established even more breathing room.

Aided by a 14-6 third quarter edge, Dryden upped its lead to 44-12 at the 36-minute mark.

Dryden then outscored Memphis 6-0 from that point on, assuring themselves of a favorable 50-12 verdict at game's end.

The winning Dryden side amassed their 50-point total aided by a Cody Paupert to Matt Lynch 28-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Chad Butler PAT tote); a Butler 24-yard touchdown run (followed by an Eric Tietz PAT tote); a Lynch fumble recovery that was returned 93 yards for a touchdown; a Tietz 42-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert to Lynch PAT pass collaboration); a Butler 57-yard touchdown run; a Tietz 22-yard touchdown run (followed by a Tietz PAT tote); and a Tietz 96-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Memphis logged their 12-point output thanks to a Brian Rucinski to Lee Davenport 14-yard touchdown pass and a Rucinski to Davenport 22-yard touchdown pass.

On the night, Paupert completed two of three pass plays for 34 yards. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

Lynch had both of Dryden's receptions.

The Dryden ground attack chewed up 339 yards of territory on 39 totes.

Individually, Butler (15 rushes for 152 yards) and Tietz (141 yards on 13 totes) proved Dryden's toughest players to contain. They were backed by Austin Dunnigan (one rush for 19 yards), Al Clark (seven yards on one tote), Paupert (one rush for four yards) and Geno Volante (one yard on three rushes).

Kyle Bailey (two solos and six assists) and Clark (one solo and seven assists) paced Dryden's defense. Paupert (four solos and two assists), Evan Crean, Lynch and Tietz (three solos and three assists each), Volante (two solos and three assists), Butler (three solos), Mike Smith (three assists) and Nate Forrest (one solo and one assist) supported their performances.

The Dryden defense also notched three takeaways that night. Lynch (a fumble recovery) along with Tietz and Butler (an interception each) contributed those.

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