Sports & Recreation — 11 October 2017
Taylor sets team sack record in 29-10 win over Kodiaks

Eagle Xavier Korzinski takes to the sky in hopes of intercepting an incoming Kodiaks pass during Friday’s win over Winnipeg’s River East Kodiaks. Photo by Chris Marchand

Dryden Eagles face 5-0 Kelvin Clippers this Friday in most challenging test to date

Submitted by Geoff Zilkalns

Eagle Jared Dormer with an incomplete pass in the Dryden end zone.

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.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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