DRYDEN — Southfield Christian saw to it that Dryden would not celebrate their homecoming with a win at their expense, securing a 35-14 road victory in a non-league varsity football encounter last Friday night.
With the outcome, Southfield Christian improves to 5-3 overall. Dryden slips to 5-3 this season.
"They were just bigger and more physical than us tonight," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak commented. "We need to bear down and focus this week against Morrice if we want to get in the playoffs," he emphasized.
The next 12-minute stretch saw neither side score.
Southfield Christian then outscored Dryden 7-0 the rest of the way, leaving the field with a 35-14 win to their credit.
Dryden produced their 14-point output thanks to a Geno Volante 80-yard kickoff return; and a Jake Jonik two-yard touchdown run (followed by a Cody Paupert to Brandon Gierman PAT pass collaboration).
On the night, Paupert completed five of 10 pass plays for 85 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses were distributed to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Gierman (three catches for 49 yards), Austin Dunnigan (two receptions for 36 yards) and -- (one catch for nine yards).
The Dryden ground attack added 141 yards on 36 totes.
Individually, Cory Clark (14 rushes for 102 yards) and Volante (50 yards on six totes) led Dryden. They were backed by Jake Albert (two rushes for 21 yards) and Jonik (four yards on five totes. The remaining eight Cardinal rushes netted a 16-yard loss.
Cody Barker (two solos and 11 assists), Clark (four solos and five assists) and Clifford Healy (two solos and seven assists) put up Dryden's best numbers. Craig Buoncompagno (two solos and five assists), Albert (two solos and four assists) and Joey Felker (one solo and four assists) supported their performances.
The Dryden defense also registered two takeaways. Brian Ladner and Barker (a fumble recovery each) furnished those.
Dryden will look to bounce back when it returns to action this Friday when it entertains Morrice. The non-league battle is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.