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Dryden, Almont ready to aim at claiming district championships

November 05, 2008
TRI-CiTY AREA — One weekend into postseason action, a pair of Tri-City football teams remain in the hunt for district honors.

Dryden (10-0) will travel to Ubly (10-0) for a Division 7, Region 4, District 1 championship clash this Friday, while Almont (8-2) ventures to Livonia Clarenceville (9-1) the same night for a Division 5, Region 4, District 1 title confrontation.

Both of those aforementioned battles list 7 p.m. starting times.

Sixth-rated Dryden, which is making their first state playoff appearance since the 1996 campaign, faces a formidable foe in second-ranked Ubly.

Dryden enters the upcoming showdown coming off an impressive 50-12 homefield victory over Memphis last Friday, while Ubly registered a 65-6 triumph against visiting Genesee.

"We are at a point where you are facing opponents that you are not going to be able to out-talent," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "We have won a lot of games this year by just having superior athletes than our opponents," he noted.

"Well, in this game and every game thereafter, everybody has great athletes and great coaching. The team that wins is the team that executes better and wants it more. The ability to recognize plays and do what we need to do in order to contain the play of Ubly quarterback Jordan Kauffman is going to make or break this game for us, but it is not just beating him as they have a very talented offensive line and some great runningbacks.

"If we can execute our game plan and get stops when we need them, we'll be in good shape. Offensively, we just have to attack them. If we start getting passive with our blocking and faking, Ubly is going to have a field day. Their defensive line really moves and their linebackers read really well.

"We can play with them and be successful if we play our game. There is a lot of hype about Ubly, they deserve it and have had a great season, but so have we. We can't let ourselves fall for all the hype about them. This is a great football team we have here. We need to go up there, play our game and leave nothing in the tank."

The Amont Raiders, who are making their third straight playoff appearance, know they have their work cut out for them against Livonia Clarenceville as well.

"Livonia Clarenceville has an extremely quick backfield," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Keeping them in check will be a point of emphasis in our practice this week," he noted.

"We also plan to throw the ball a bit more than we have been. If we can do that, plus get close to the productivity from our rushing game we should be able to compete with them. We must get the job done up front on both sides of the ball to move on. It will take four full quarters of effort to accomplish that goal."

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