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Flint Hamady outscores Dryden, 44-36

September 29, 2010
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team put together a 24-6 second half rally, only to drop a 44-36 road verdict to Flint Hamady in a Genesee Area Conference Blue Division encounter last Friday night.

With the result, Flint Hamady improves to 1-4 against GAC Blue Division foes and overall. Dryden slips to 0-5 this season, all of those outcomes coming against conference rivals.

"We came out in the second half and played our tails off," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "That second half was one of the greatest second halves we have played since I have been here," he noted.

"We are finally getting some guys back from injury and are really turning the corner here. We are going to keep fighting every week and playing Dryden football."

In Friday's encounter, Flint Hamady opened up a 22-6 advantage after one quarter was history and widened the gap to 38-12 at the halftime break.

Down but not out, Dryden bounced back with a 12-6 third quarter edge.

That made it 44-24, Flint Hamady, at the 36-minute mark.

The final 12-minute stretch would see Dryden put up 12 points to Flint Hamady's none, only to wind up on the losing side of a 44-36 verdict.

Dryden generated their 36-point total thanks to a Sean Murphy three-yard touchdown run; a Murphy two-yard touchdown run; a Chad Jordan one-yard touchdown run; a Jordan 59-yard touchdown run; a Josh Clark one-yard touchdown run; and an Evan Paupert to Jordan 20-yard touchdown run.

For the evening, Paupert completed five of 13 pass plays for 84 yards as Dryden's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Austin Dunnigan (three catches for 43 yards), Jordan (one reception for 20 yards) and Austin Lowney (one catch for 11 yards).

The Dryden ground attack chewed up 370 yards of territory on 56 totes.

Individually, Clark (22 rushes for 154 yards), Murphy (117 yards on 19 totes) and Jordan (12 rushes for 96 yards) put up Dryden's best numbers. The remaining three Cardinal totes netted a combined three-yard gain.

Jake Albert (three solos and six assisted tackles) and Randal Flannigan (nine assisted stops) paced Dryden's defense. They were backed by Murphy (three solos and four assisted tackles), Craig Buoncompagno (two solos and five assisted stops), Brian Ladner and Zach Smith (six assisted stops each), Jake Jonik (five solo tackles), Tyler Hether (three solos and two assisted stops), Paupert (two solos and three assisted tackles) and Jordan (one solo and four assisted stops).

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it squares off versus Genesee Area Conference Blue Division counterpart Atherton. The clash, Dryden's homecoming, begins at 7 p.m.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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