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Dryden edges Mayville, 32-31, in non-league grid cliffhanger

September 02, 2009
DRYDEN — Dryden slipped past host Mayville, 32-31, in a non-league varsity football encounter last Friday night.

With the final, Dryden goes to 1-0 overall. Mayville falls to 0-1 this season.

"Mayville played with a lot of heart and nerve tonight," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "I've got to give it to their kids and coaches for a great game," he noted.

"We had some fundamental skills breakdowns that need to be addressed if we plan on making it back to the playoffs."

In Friday's game, Dryden grabbed an 8-7 edge after one quarter was history.

Quarter number two saw Dryden accumulate 16 points and Mayville manage 12.

That staked Dryden to a 24-19 advantage at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Mayville bounced back with a 12-0 third quarter edge.

That made it 31-24, Mayville, at the 36-minute mark.

Dryden then outscored Mayville 8-0 over the last 12 minutes of action, good enough for a 32-31 win when the final second ticked off the clock.

The victorious Dryden side generated their 32-point output aided by a Jake Jonik four-yard touchdown run (followed by a Cody Paupert to Brandon Gierman PAT pass collaboration); a Cory Clark four-yard touchdown run (followed by a Geno Volante PAT tote); a Paupert to Austin Dunnigan 35-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Clark PAT tote); and a Paupert one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert to Dunnigan PAT pass collaboration).

On the night, Paupert completed six of nine pass plays for 72 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.

Dunnigan (three catches for 58 yards) and Gierman (three receptions for 14 yards) were the targets Paupert collaborated with.

The Dryden ground attack added 296 yards, requiring 56 rushes to produce that output.

Individually, Paupert (15 rushes for 102 yards) and Volante (102 yards on 17 totes) put up Dryden's best numbers. They were backed by Cory Clark (14 rushes for 79 yards), Jake Albert (seven yards on four totes) and Jonik (four rushes for six yards).

Albert and Paupert (four solos and four assists each) and Cody Barker (two solos and four assists) paced Dryden's defense. They were backed by Clark and Gierman (two solos and two assists apiece), Dunnigan (two solos and one assist), Randall Flannigan (one solo and two assists), Sean Murphy (one solo and one assist), Wes Butler (two assists), Mike Smith (one solo) and Brian Ladner (one assist)

The Dryden defense also registered one takeaway that evening. Paupert (an interception) furnished that.

Dryden returns to action this Thursday when it hosts Kingston. The North Central Thumb League game is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

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