|SECTION IV FOOTBALL: DRYDEN RALLIES TO EDGE SVEC, 8-6 (9 PHOTOS) (2017-10-06)
Valley Sports Report
DRYDEN — Dryden’s Wes Stahlman scored on a 22-yard TD run midway through the third, then tacked on the two-point conversion to lift the Purple Lions to an 8-6 win over SVEC here Friday night in Section IV, Division IV football action.
The Eagles scored on its second possession of the game, but would not find the end zone again.
A 48-yard completion from sophomore QB Cameron Doane to junior tight end Nathan Mack set SVEC up at the Dryden 16.
Senior Thomas Llewellyn gained 9 yards on the next play, and junior Christian Haynes capped the four-play, 66-yard drive with a 7-yard TD run.
Haynes was stopped short on the conversion attempt and the SVEC lead remained 6-0.
The Eagles then recovered an onside kick at the Dryden 35, and mounted a 12-play drive, including gaining a first down after facing third-and-29, thanks to runs of 18 and 11 yards by Haynes.
With a first-and-goal at the Dryden 6, SVEC’s drive stalled at the Purple Lion 5.
Dryden put together a 19-play drive and moved the ball to the SVEC 10. Facing a 4th-and-goal from the 17, Dryden QB Joe Mack’s pass was knocked down by SVEC sophomore Noah Mack to force a turnover on downs.
The second half started on an ominous note when the Eagles were flagged for a 15-yard face-mask penalty on the kick-off, giving Dryden the ball at the SVEC 47.
Ten plays later, Stahlman scored to tie the game. The Eagles stopped Dryden’s initial conversion attempt, but a horse-collar penalty gave the Purple Lions a second chance, and Sthalman made the most of it, breaking a tackle in the backfield and scoring the game-winning points.
The remainder of the game was a festival of turnovers.
SVEC’s ensuing possession ended with an interception, but Cameron Fitzgerald’s interception three plays later gave the Eagles the ball back at the Dryden 44.
Four plays later, SVEC fumbled the ball away.
Dryden’s possession went backward, and the Lions lined up to punt facing a 4th-and-35 at their own 7. A low snap could have resulted in a game-tying safety, but Dryden punter Landon Wright was able to get the punt off.
SVEC took over at the Dryden 27, and Llewellyn gained 14 yards on the first play. The Eagles faced a 4th-and-1 at the Dryden 4, but Haynes was stopped short resulting in a turnover on downs.
Dryden was able to move the ball out of the shadow of its own end zone, but fumbled at its 30, and SVEC’s Damian Cook pounced on the loose ball at the Dryden 30 with 3:12 left in the game.
The Eagles fumbled the ball back to Dryden on its first play.
The Lions were able to pick up a pair of first downs and run out the clock.
IN PHOTO 1: SVEC’s Thomas Llewellyn. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATHY DOANE.