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Fourth quarter surge powers Dryden to 26-8 win over Peck



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September 16, 2009
DRYDEN — A 20-0 fourth quarter advantage lifted host Dryden to a 26-8 victory over visiting Peck in a North Central Thumb varsity football battle last Friday night.

With the decision, Dryden improves to 3-0 and 2-0. Peck slips to 1-2 and 0-2.

"I give a lot of credit to Peck," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "They have got better every week and this season," he noted.

"Peck played harder and wanted it more than we did for three quarters. We need to refocus this week in practice and get back to playing our kind of football and be the team I know we can be. We need to improve our technique and fundamentals if we want to beat North Huron and stay in the hunt for a league title."

In Friday's battle, Dryden and Peck were both held scoreless during the opening quarter of play.

Quarter number two would see Peck generate eight points and Dryden manage six.

It was followed by a scoreless third quarter, leaving Peck with an 8-6 edge at the 36-minute mark.

Dryden then outscored Peck 20-0 from that point on, leaving themselves with a 26-8 victory to celebrate at game's end.

The winning Dryden side generated their 26-point output aided by a Geno Volante three-yard touchdown run; a Brandon Gierman 96-yard fumble return for a touchdown (followed by a Volante PAT tote); a Cory Clark four-yard touchdown run; and a Cody Paupert 34-yard touchdown run.

On the night, Cody Paupert completed two of five pass plays for 32 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

Gierman had both of Dryden's catches.

The Dryden ground attack added 205 yards on 35 totes.

Individually, Cody Paupert (eight rushes for 84 yards) put up Dryden's best numbers. He was backed by Volante (60 yards on 10 totes), Clark (13 rushes for 54 yards) and Jake Jonik (seven yards on four totes).

Jake Albert (three solos and six assists), Cody Barker (two solos and seven assists), Sean Murphy (three solos and five assists), Clifford Healy (two solos and six assists) and Wes Butler (one solo and seven assists) proved Dryden's defensive standouts. They were backed by Austin Dunnigan (one solo and five assists), Clark and Gierman (two solos and three assists each), Craig Buoncompagno (two solos and two assists), Cody Paupert (one solo and three assists),

Randall Flannigan (four assists), Mike Smith and James Davidson (two assists apiece) and Evan Paupert (one assist).

The Dryden defense also registered two takeaways. Gierman and

Flannigan (a fumble recovery apiece) furnished those).

Dryden will aim to keep their perfect record intact this Friday when it travels to North Huron for a North Central Thumb League game. That encounter lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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