Coach (season, record): Homer DeLattre (10th season, 38-56)
2010 overall record: 9-3
2010 region record (place): 4-2 (tied for second)
2010 playoff results: Lost 34-7 to Grove City in the District 10 Class AAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Adam Zimmerman, Alec Gluvna, Cory Owens, Justin Miller
Top returning players: John Cragg, Drew Dunmire, Cody Bailey, Matt Cragg, Dalton Swanson, Andy Hajec
Assistant coaches: Travis Carey, Jeff Goodwill, Adam Walstrom
Outlook: The biggest question facing Corry in training camp is leadership. Adam Zimmerman, Alec Gluvna, Cory Owens and Justin Miller have graduated and 10th-year coach Homer DeLattre will look for a few players to step up. Zimmerman was a first-team all-region running back and linebacker, while Gluvna was named to the all-region first team as an offensive and defensive lineman. Miller was named to the first team as a linebacker and second team as a tight end. Owens was a first team defensive back and second team all-purpose back.
The cupboard won’t be totally bare for the Beavers. Quarterback Matt Cragg is back after a solid sophomore year. Cragg stepped into the starter’s role to replace Corry’s all-time leading passer Scottie Frisina. Cragg completed 54-of-134 passes for 636 yards, including six touchdowns, while becoming the Beavers’ second-leading rusher at 976 yards on 204 carries and 12 TDs. Cragg has plenty of experience and could emerge as Corry’s leader.
The Beavers also return all-region first team kicker and punter Andy Hajec. Hajec scored 61 points last fall, including 37 extra points and eight field goals. He is joined by solid linemen Dalton Swanson and Drew Dunmire, while all-region defensive back Cody Bailey is back as well. John Cragg is a returning two-way starter at wide receiver and free safety, and Shawn Lutton, Brent Kaufman and Nate Smith could make an immediate impact on the varsity level. Lutton could be in line to replace Zimmerman, but there will be an intense competition in camp for the starting job in the backfield.
Corry has pretty good depth this season, which is a change from the recent past. The Beavers have developed their program well and could find replacements for the graduated seniors right away. Corry managed to make the playoffs last fall despite the loss of several talented players and that will once again be the goal this fall. The Beavers will find out where they stand in the Region 5 race in the first month of the season. After a season opener against Girard, Corry takes on Grove City, Meadville and Oil City, arguably the top three contenders in Region 5 outside of the Beavers. Corry also has tough road games at North East and Warren.
– Tom Reisenweber