October 14, 2009 DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team now stands just one victory away from securing a state playoff appearance following a 28-6 road triumph against Hale last Friday night.
With the decision, Dryden moves to 5-2 overall. Hale drops to 3-4 this season.
"We rebounded strongly after last week and really stepped it up tonight," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "A lot of guys really rose to the occasion tonight to fill in for some guys that were banged up a little," he emphasized.
In Friday's matchup, Dryden jumped out to a 12-6 advantage after one quarter was history.
Dryden then outscored Hale by matching 8-0 counts during quarters two and three.
That staked Dryden to a 28-6 cushion at the 36-minute mark.
The remaining 12 minutes of play was scoreless, leaving Dryden with a victory to celebrate at game's end.
Dryden produced their winning 28-point output aided by a Jake Jonik 17-yard touchdown run (set up by Cody Paupert's 62-yard return on the contest's opening kickoff); a Paupert to Austin Dunnigan 41-yard touchdown pass; a Geno Volante 49-yard touchdown run (followed by a Jonik PAT tote); and a Jonik 77-yard touchdown tote (followed by a Paupert to Brandon Gierman PAT pass collaboration).
For the night, Paupert completed three of five pass plays for 53 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Gierman (two catches for 12 yards) and Dunnigan (one reception for 41 yards).
The Dryden ground attack added 257 yards on 38 totes.
Individually, Jonik (13 rushes for 146 yards) and Volante (73 yards on eight totes) proved Dryden's toughest players to stop. Jake Albert (nine rushes for 57 yards) followed. The remaining six Dryden totes netted a combined 16-yard loss.
Clifford Healy (four solos and six assists), and Mike Smith (two solos and eight assists) paced Dryden's defense. Albert (two solos and five assists), Volante (five solos and one assist), Cody Barker and Paupert (two solos and four assists apiece) plus Craig Buoncompagno (one solo and four assists) made their presence felt as well.
The Dryden defense also notched two takeaways. Joey Felker (a pair of fumble recoveries) furnished those.
Dryden will look to continue their winning ways this Friday when it entertains non-league adversary Southfield Christian. That matchup, Dryden's homecoming, is slated to begin at 7 p.m.