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Dryden Eagles face 5-0 Kelvin Clippers this Friday in most challenging test to date
Submitted by Geoff Zilkalns
On a beautiful day for football, a large and loud crowd witnessed a spirited battle during week 5 WHSFL action. Visiting from the west were the River East Kodiaks and their 2-2 record. The game pitted the top two rushers in the conference and defensive stalwarts for both teams.
It would be the Eagles that would jump out early to a lead as quarterback Jarett Hicks raced 45 yards to the end zone on the first possession for Dryden. Bailey Murrell reeled in a pass to provide a two-point conversion. Throughout the day a rapidly improving Eagle offensive line would give Eagle passers time and runners space to move. This led to a second Hicks major before the half and a later score for Mason Desautels.
Entering the game the DHS defence was the story as they had surrendered only four points in the first four games. The Kodiak attack managed a quick drive late before the intermission that ended with an 18 yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 15-7. While the visitors added a field goal in the second half, the defence gradually gained the upper hand as the game wore on.
Kadin Taylor set a team record as he got to the River East QB for 4.5 sacks. Joel Ottertail, Mike Kusano and Tanner Apland (.5) also managed to sack the QB for losses. Thomas Moline intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards to set up a Dryden push. The other members of the secondary chipped in with numerous pass break-ups and Tanner Montgomery forced a fumble that Gus Brosseau was able to pounce on.
Perhaps the turning point occurred when Kadin Taylor blocked a Kodiak punt near midfield, it was scooped up by Murrell who sprinted to the endzone. The play was indicative of the Dryden approach to try and win all three phases and pressure every snap.
The final score was 29-10 Dryden, the win keeps the Eagles undefeated and tied atop the Vidruk Division standings.
After three straight games at Harry McMaster Field the blue and gold have only one more guaranteed home date and it promises to be a thriller. The 5-0 Kelvin Clippers and their aerial attack travel to northwestern Ontario on Friday for a 3 p.m. kickoff. At stake is first in the division and momentum as the regular season nears a close.