TRI-CITY AREA — Capac denied host Dryden’s bid for a homecoming win, prevailing 47-32 in a North Central Thumb League varsity boys’ football game last Friday night.
With the decision, Capac improves to 2-4 and 1-4. Dryden slips to 1-5 and 0-5.
“Dryden gave us all we could handle particularly in the first half,” Capac Coach Rob Novy acknowledged. “We found a way to fight through some adversity,” he noted.
“Sam Schneider had a great game rushing with over 300 yards. Our offensive line of James Meadows, Max Klein and Brian Canelo-Rodriguez did a tremendous job. Wyatt Hurley and Gavin Dams gave us a combined 12 tackles from their defensive end positions and Carlos Uribe Arce provided us us with nine tackles. We will need to play much better when we host Kingston next week.”
On the opposite sideline, Dryden Coach Hunter Gall took solace knowing that his ballclub had just delivered one of their better performances this season.
“Overall the kids played a great game,” Gall commented. We made a ton of improvements over the prior weeks,” he noted.
The offense was able to move the ball good. Quarterback Gianni Coscione handled the workload we gave him well. Defensively, we made some costly mistakes, but there was a lot of good things as well. We are a much improved team from the beginning of the year. I am proud of where we are at and excited to see where we end up.”
In Friday’s game, Capac grabbed a 15-12 edge after one quarter was done.
The next quarter saw Capac manage six points as did Dryden, good for a 21-18 advantage at the half.
When play resumed, Capac struck with a 12-6 third quarter edge. That widened their lead to 33-24.
They then followed it up with a 14-8 fourth quarter advantage, putting the finishing touches on a 47-32 win.
Capac amassed their 47-point total aided by a Schneider 95-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Joe Dalessandro); a Schneider 30-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote from Uribe-Arce); a Schneider 43-yard touchdown run; a Uribe-Arce one-yard touchdown run; a Uribe-Arce two-yard touchdown run; a Uribe-Arce to Wyatt Hurley five-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Uribe-Arce PAT tote); and a Schneider 73-yard touchdown run.
For the evening, Uribe-Arce completed two of four pass plays for 10 yards as Capac’s quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.
Nolan Maday and Hurley (one catch for five yards each) had Capac’s receptions.
The Capac ground attack amassed 421 yards on 45 totes.
Schneider headlined, rushing the ball 19 times for 321 yards. Peyton Frankowiak (86 yards on 18 totes) and Uribe-Arce (eight rushes for 14 yards) supported his performance.
Uribe-Arce (nine solos) posted Capac’s highest tackle total. Dams and Hurley (six solos and one assist each) supported his performance.
The Capac defense also registered three takeaways. Uribe-Arce (two interceptions) and Trenton Tice (a fumble recovery) furnished those.
Dryden produced their 32-point output courtesy of a Gianni Coscione 18-yard touchdown run; a Santiago Perales 55-yard touchdown run; a Sonny Coscione 16-yard touchdown run; a Gianni Coscione to Perales 49-yard touchdown pass; and a Perales 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (followed by a PAT tote by Gianni Coscione).
For the evening, Gianni Coscione connected on 18 of 31 pass plays for 160 yards as Dryden’s quarterback. He threw two interceptions along the way.
His successful throws went to four different targets. Luke Taylor (nine catches for 66 yards), Perales (four receptions for 69 yards), Rowan Handley (three receptions for 12 yards) and Sonny Coscione (two catches for 13 yards) formed that group.
The Dryden ground attack added 204 yards on 33 totes. Gianni Coscione (25 rushes for 103 yards), Perales (60 yards on four totes) and Sonny Coscione (four rushes for 41 yards) made that output possible.
Owen Gall (eight) posted the highest Dryden tackle output. Sonny Coscione (six stops) and Perales (four tackles) supported his performance.
The Dryden defense also claimed three takeaways. Sonny Coscione (an interception) plus Gianni Coscione and Jacob Buffo (a fumble recovery each) provided those.
Capac returns to action this Friday when it entertains Kingston in a NCTL Stars Division meeting. The contest, Capac’s homecoming, lists a 7 p.m. starting time.
Dryden, meanwhile, is off until Saturday when they resume their schedule against visiting NCTL Stars Division counterpart Atherton Their matchup begins at 3 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.