The 2021 high school football regular season came to an end yesterday evening as the Dryden High School Eagles finished 4-0 with a 20-6 win over the Beaver Brae Broncos.
Going into yesterday's game the Eagles had already locked down first place and automatically advanced to the finals.
The game remained scoreless through the first 12 minutes but, after switching sides for the second quarter, DHS Mitchell Pinette put the visitors on top when he sprinted in from 33 yards out. The convert attempt failed and it was 6-0 Eagles at the break.
After intermission, the Eagle's attack was more focused and Dom Morriseau hauled in a pass from Peter Zilkalns for a 44-yard touchdown to extend the Eagles lead to 13-0.
Dryden's Pinette found pay dirt shortly after, this time from 11 yards away.
Dryden entered the fourth quarter up 20-0 on the strength of an opportunistic defense, Jett Livingston, Carter McKinstry, and Jaden Rafter intercepted Bronco pass attempts with Rafter netting 2 of them.
The Broncos remained hard-working and capitalized on some Eagle sloppiness and untimely penalties to reach the end zone through the air with just over 2 minutes to go to break the shut out.
The season isn't done for the Broncos as they will travel to Fort Frances to take on the Muskies (2-2) in the semi-finals on Oct 29, 2021. The final is slated for Nov 5, 2021, in Dryden at 2:30 pm.