September 08, 2010 DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team (0-2, 0-2) continues to seek their first win of the 2010 campaign, following a deceptively distant 36-16 road setback to Genesee Area Conference Blue Division frontrunner Byron (2-0, 2-0) last Thursday night.
"I was impressed with the way our defense adjusted this week to a completely different style of football than we saw last week," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak observed. "We put ourselves in a bad spot in terms of field position a couple of times, but that is an area we can hopefully make a few adjustments on to fix," he noted.
"We took a big step forward this week, despite the outcome. Byron is good team and we hung with them until the fourth quarter. If we can make another leap forward like we did last week, we are going to be in good shape."
In Thursday's game, Dryden grabbed an 8-6 edge after one quarter was complete.
Quarter number two saw Dryden outscore Byron by an identical 8-6 count.
That made it 16-12, Dryden, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Byron bounced back with an 8-0 third quarter edge.
That made it 20-16, Byron, at the 36-minute mark.
Byron then outscored Dryden 16-0 the rest of the way, leaving the field with a 36-16 win to their credit.
Dryden amassed their 16-point output that evening thanks to a Chad Jordan 60-yard interception return for a touchdown (followed by a Jacob Lukas PAT tote) and a Sean Murphy 12-yard touchdown run (followed by an Evan Paupert to Austin Dunnigan PAT pass collaboration).
For the night, Paupert completed three of three pass plays for 16 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Dunnigan (two catches for 10 yards) and Murphy (a six-yard reception.
The Dryden ground attack managed 170 yards on 56 totes.
Individually, Murphy (15 rushes for 84 yards) along with Lukas (48 yards on 13 totes) and Josh Clark (16 rushes for 47 yards) put up Dryden's best numbers. The remaining 12 Cardinal totes netted a combined nine-yard loss.
Jake Albert and Murphy (three solos and three assists apiece) along with Paupert (five solos and one assist) notched Dryden's top tackle outputs. Dunnigan (two solos and two assists) made his presence felt as well.
The Dryden defense also supplied four takeways. Jordan, Dunnigan and Albert (an interception each) plus John Grabill (a fumble recovery) furnished those.
Dryden returns to action this Friday when it travels to Burton Bendle for a Genesee Area Conference Blue Division confrontation. That battle is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.
Randy Jorgensen has been with the Tri-City Times since 1980, he lives in Imlay City and is active in many community organizations. Randy enjoys the outdoor sports and travel. His columns are generally of life experiences with a touch of humor.