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Dryden routs rival Kingston

Cardinals open defense of NCTL title with 50-12 win

Geno Volante, of Dryden, works his way through the Kingston defense as Wes Butler (R) blocks during Thursday’s NCTL gridiron clash. Dryden won the contest convincingly, rolling by a 50-12 score. photo by Kevin Kissane.

September 09, 2009
DRYDEN — Dryden opened up a commanding 30-6 cushion at the halftime break, setting the stage for a convincing 50-12 victory over Kingston in a North Central Thumb League varsity football encounter last Thursday night.

With the decision, Dryden moves to 2-0 and 1-0. Kingston slips to 0-2 and 0-1.

"This was an important league game for us," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "With only four NCTL games this year, there is no room for error," he emphasized.

"We made a lot of improvements on both sides of the ball after last week, but we still need to get better fundamentally."

In Thursday's encounter, Dryden grabbed an 8-6 edge after one quarter was completee.

Dryden then established some much-needed breathing room with a 22-0 second half advantage.

That made it 30-6, Dryden, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Dryden struck with a 14-6 third quarter advantage.

That hiked Dryden's cushion to 44-12 at the 36-minute mark.

Dryden then outscored Kingston 6-0 the rest of the way, closing out a 50-12 victory.

The winning Dryden side amassed their 50-point total aided by a Cody Paupert 21-yard touchdown run (folllowed by a PAT tote by Cory Clark); a Clark 19-yard touchdown run; a Clark one-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote by Geno Volante); a Paupert to Austin Dunnigan seven-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Jake Jonik PAT tote); a Paupert 13-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert to Brandon Gierman PAT pass collaboration); a Jake Albert six-yard touchdown run; and a Clark three-yard touchdown run.

On the night, Paupert completed three of five pass plays for 26 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Gierman (two catches for 19 yards) and Dunnigan (one reception for seven yards).

The Dryden ground attack chewed up 378 yards of territory on 61 totes.

Individually, Volante (19 carries for 153 yards) and Clark (95 yards on 16 totes) headlined for Dryden. They were backed by Albert (six carries for 56 yards), Paupert (39 yards on seven totes) and Jonik (10 carries for 29 yards).

Clark (four solos and three assists) paced Dryden's defense. Clifford Healy (one solo and five assists), Sean Murphy (four solos and one assist), Cody Barker (three solos and one assist), Wes Butler and Paupert (one solo and three assists each) and Albert (four assists) made their presence felt as well.

The Dryden defense also registered one takeaway. Albert (a fumble recovery) supplied that.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it hosts Peck. The North Central Thumb League clash lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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