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North Huron knocks off Dryden in meeting of NCTL contenders

September 23, 2009
DRYDEN — North Huron earned a 40-26 win against visiting Dryden in a North Central Thumb League varsity football battle last Friday night.

With the final, North Huron goes to 3-1 and 2-1. Dryden slips to 3-1 and 2-1.

"North Huron was a lot more physical than us in the first half of the game and came out and outmuscled us," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "They did a great job keeping us off balance with their offensive playcalling and defensive adjustments," he emphasized.

"We came out more focused in the second half and really bared down to tie the game up at the start of the fourth quarter. A questionable pass interference call was made against us on a crucial fourth down in the fourth quarter, or we would've got the ball back with all the momentum and about six minutes left in the game. That said, it was really our lackluster play in the first half, combined with some spectacular plays by North Huron that doomed us in this one. We really played with a lot of heart in the second half of this one and I am proud of my boys for that, but we need to start playing whole games like that if we hope to get a piece of the league title and get back to the playoffs."

In Friday's battle, North Huron jumped out to a 13-0 advantage after one quarter was history.

North Huron followed it up with a 13-12 second quarter edge, pushing its cushion to 26-12 at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Dryden fought back with an 8-0 third quarter advantage.

That made it 26-20, North Huron, at the 36-minute mark.

North Huron then outscored Dryden 14-6 the rest of the way, putting the finishing touches on a 40-26 win.

Dryden generated their 26-point total aided by a Cory Clark 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; a Cody Paupert to Brandon Gierman 10-yard touchdown pass; a Clark two-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote by Clark); and a Paupert to Jake Albert 10-yard touchdown pass.

On the night, Paupert completed four of eight pass plays for 101 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Gierman (two catches for 81 yards) plus Albert and Clark (one reception for 10 yards apiece).

The Dryden ground attack managed 232 yards on 40 totes.

Individually, Geno Volante (14 rushes for 93 yards) led Dryden. Clark (68 yards on 12 totes), Paupert (nine rushes for 38 yards), Jake Jonik (23 yards on five totes) and Albert (one rush for five yards) supported his performance.

Clifford Healy (two solos and 10 assists), Albert (four solos and six assists), Wes Butler (two solos and six assists) plus Sean Murphy and Clark (one solo and six assists each) posted Dryden's best defensive credentials. Cody Barker (one solo and four assists), Gierman (three solos and one assist) and Randall Flannigan (four assists) made their presence felt as well.

The Dryden defense also collected two takeaways. Albert and Flannigan (a fumble recovery apiece) furnished those.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it entertains Detroit Consortium. The non-league contest is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

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