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Posts tagged "Corry football"
Posted: June 29th, 2013

Corry will rely heavily on returning quarterback Nate Smith.

Travis Carey

Ryan Morris should be a key player for Corry offensively and defensively in 2013.

Corry Beavers
Coach: Travis Carey (1st season)
2012 overall record: 8-3
2012 region record: 6-1 (co-champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Greenville 35-28 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

Top players lost: Matt Cragg, Pat Brown, Tyler Engle, Jake Seely, Shane Taubert, Josh Daniels

Top returning players: Nate Smith, Ryan Morris, Brody Wood, Walker Gray

Assistant coaches: Jeff Goodwill, Greg Luther, Nick Krasa, Paul Carney Jr., Adam Walstrom, Mark Chludzinski, Brandon Edwards

Outlook: Corry went through a big change in the offseason as Homer DeLattre resigned as football coach and athletic director to take the same positions at Holidaysburg. DeLattre was a big part of Corry football over the past decade and one of his longtime assistants, Travis Carey, takes over this fall. Carey won’t look to make many changes and knows the program well to attempt to keep its success going. The Beavers dropped down to Class AA before last year and were upset by Greenville in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals. Corry will look to compete for a region title this year and get back into the playoffs but it won’t be easy. Corry lost Matt Cragg, Pat Brown, Tyler Engle, Jake Seely, Josh Daniels and Shane Taubert to graduation. Cragg was voted to the all-region first team at running back after rushing for 1,649 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns and recorded 52 tackles and one interception. Cragg was voted to the all-region first team at defensive back, named to the all-district team at defensive back and voted the Region 4 Player of the Year. Seely was voted to the all-region first team at offensive line, while Engle was a first-team defensive lineman. Engle was also a second-team tight end after leading Corry with 36 catches for 512 yards and three touchdowns. Brown was voted to the second team at wide receiver after collecting 16 receptions for 259 yards and five TDs. Daniels was a second-team offensive lineman and Taubert a second-team defensive lineman.

With a lot of graduation losses, Corry will need an influx from the lower levels to fill in starting positions. The Beavers have some experience back in Nate Smith, Ryan Morris, Brody Wood and Walker Gray. Smith, a second-team quarterback, threw for 1,259 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 362 yards and four touchdowns. Morris was voted to the all-region second team at linebacker and could step in to replace Cragg at running back. Morris ran for 253 yards and one touchdown as Corry’s third-leading rusher last year. Wood averaged 32 yards a punt last season and is a big special teams weapon as a kicker, while Gray is back to anchor the offensive and defensive lines. The rest of the starting lineup could be sorted out in camp. Corry will run a similar system under a new coach but have plenty of new personnel to run it. Ryan Frontera, Josh Silka, Taylor Bloom, Liam Cragg and John Hammond are new players to the varsity level this season that could contribute right away. Corry graduated its top five receivers and leading rusher from last year. Rebuilding an offense that relies heavily on throwing the ball while trying to balance the run won’t be easy. Smith is a rising leader at quarterback and will play a big role this season along with Morris. Corry will open the season at home but against Class AAA Oil City. The Beavers then have a huge September, including big region games against North East, Fairview, Fort LeBoeuf and Northwestern. If Corry survives the first half, it gets to spend three straight weeks on the road at Seneca, Warren and Girard. The Beavers have a challenging schedule, a new coach and only a few starters back from last year. Corry’s season could be determined over the summer based on how quickly the Beavers develop younger players into varsity-ready starters.

30 Oil City 7
6 at North East* 7
13 at Fairview* 7
20 Fort LeBoeuf* 7
27 Northwestern* 7
4 at Seneca* 7
11 at Warren 7
18 at Girard* 7
25 Harbor Creek* 7
1 Union City 7
*Region 4 games

Sunday: DuBois
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: May 23rd, 2013

Travis Carey has been approved as the new head football coach at Corry High School and Patti Brown is the new athletic director. Both will begin their respective jobs in July when Homer DeLattre officially resigns. DeLattre was recently approved as the new head coach and athletic director at Hollidaysburg High School. Carey has been an assistant football coach for 18 years at Corry, including the past 12 with DeLattre. Brown has spent the past 24 years as a teacher at Corry and is a Corry graduate.

More on the hires in Saturday’s Erie Times-News.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: April 17th, 2013

Here is a look at the Corry football schedule this fall. We will publish schedules as we receive them from schools.

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Corry Beavers
Date Scrimmages Time
Aug. 17 at General McLane 10 a.m.
Aug. 23 East/Mercyhurst Prep 6
Date Regular season Time
Aug. 30 Oil City 7
Sept. 6 at North East* 7
Sept. 13 at Fairview* 7
Sept. 20 Fort LeBoeuf* 7
Sept. 27 Northwestern* 7
Oct. 4 at Seneca* 7
Oct. 11 at Warren 7
Oct. 18 at Girard* 7
Oct. 25 Harbor Creek* 7
Nov. 1 Union City 7

*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: July 1st, 2012

Corry Beavers
Coach (season, record): Homer DeLattre (11th season, 44-61)
2011 overall record: 6-5
2011 region record (place): 2-4 (fifth)
2011 playoff results: Lost 27-16 to East in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Cody Bailey, John Cragg, Drew Dunmire, Andy Hajec, Dalton Swanson
Top returning players: Matt Cragg, Nate Smith, Jacob Seely, Shane Taubert, Tyler Engle, Ryan Morris
Assistant coaches: Jeff Goodwill, Travis Carey, Greg Luther, Bill Ross
Outlook: Corry will be an interesting team to watch this season. The Beavers lost eight starters on both sides of the ball and depth seems to always be an issue, but coach and newly appointed athletic director Homer DeLattre is confident heading into the 2012 season. DeLattre commented that the Beavers had their best offseason in 10 years and that several young players are ready to step into starting roles. Corry lost Cody Bailey, John Cragg, Drew Dunmire, Andy Hajec and Dalton Swanson to graduation after Corry made the postseason last year. Dunmire was voted to the all-region first team as a defensive lineman and the second team as an offensive lineman. He had 61 tackles and three sacks as a senior. Bailey, a first-team defensive back, was Corry’s top receiver last year with 30 catches for 468 yards and four touchdowns and he had 54 tackles with two interceptions on defense. The Beavers also lost John Cragg, a first-team wide receiver who had three interceptions and 26 catches for 442 yards and 12 touchdowns. The biggest loss could be Hajec, who was voted to the first team as a kicker and second team as a punter. Hajec had 27 extra points and two field goals and averaged 32.6 yards per punt. His consistent play throughout his Corry career could be tough to replace.

Matt Cragg, Nate Smith, Jacob Seely, Shane Taubert, Ryan Morris and Tyler Engle are back to lead a young Corry team. Matt Cragg threw for 118 yards and three touchdowns last season but moved to running back to help bolster the Beavers’ rushing attack. Matt Cragg ran for 674 yards on 141 carries and scored four touchdowns and even caught 17 passes for 240 yards. Matt Cragg had two interceptions and was voted to the all-region second team at defensive back. Matt Cragg’s replacement under center, Nathanel Smith, threw for 1,389 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Joining Matt Cragg and Smith as returning offensive weapons is first-team tight end Tyler Engle. Engle ran for 403 yards on 67 carries with five touchdowns last fall and he caught 22 passes for 261 yards and two TDs. Morris and Taubert are back as defensive leaders. Morris was Corry’s second-leading tackler with 80 tackles, while Taubert had 72 tackles and seven sacks.

Corry has to deal with a new region and new class this fall. The Beavers dropped from Class AAA to AA and from Region 5 to 4. Corry still maintains a tough non-region schedule with games against Class AAA Oil City and Warren but the Beavers will renew old Erie County League rivalries throughout the region season. Corry will know almost immediately where it stands in the hunt for not only a District 10 Class AA playoff spot but the Region 4 title as well. The Beavers host perennial playoff teams North East and Fairview in early September before heading to Waterford and Albion to take on Fort LeBoeuf and Northwestern. Corry has enough talent to compete with the best teams in Region 4 but depth and injuries could be a concern as the season goes on.

31 at Oil City 7
7 North East* 7
14 Fairview* 7
21 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7
28 at Northwestern* 7
5 Seneca* 7
12 Warren 7
19 Girard* 7
26 at Harbor Creek* 7
2 at Union City 7
*Region 2 games

Monday: DuBois

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 1st, 2012

East High School running back Anthony Jordan will play for the West team in the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star Game.

In addition, Corry’s Homer DeLattre will serve as the West’s head coach in the game, which will be played May 6 at Gateway High School in Monroeville.

Grove City lineman Tony Turner will be District 10′s third representative in the game. Jordan and Turner will play for a West team that is predominately made up of players from the WPIAL.

Jordan, a 1,000-yard rusher and Erie Times-News District 10 All-Star, will play for William & Mary next fall.

Click below to see the rosters:

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: February 28th, 2012

Here is a look at the Corry football schedule for the upcoming season. The Beavers moved down from Class AAA to AA and were subsequently removed from Region 6 and put into Region 4. Corry will hold its Homecoming game against Seneca on Oct. 5 and Senior Night on Oct. 19 against Girard. The biggest game of the year in Region 4 could turn out to be Sept. 7 as Corry hosts North East for its home opener. The Grapepickers and Beavers could be among the favorites in Region 4 this season, making their Week 2 matchup a crucial game.

Aug. 18 General McLane 10 a.m.
Aug. 24 at East/Mercyhurst Prep TBA
Regular season
Aug. 31 at Oil City 7
Sept. 7 North East* 7
Sept. 14 Fairview* 7
Sept. 21 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7
Sept. 28 at Northwestern* 7
Oct. 5 Seneca* 7
Oct. 12 Warren 7
Oct. 19 Girard* 7
Oct. 26 at Harbor Creek* 7
Nov. 2 at Union City 7
*Region 4 games

Corry becomes the third team to have its football schedule finalized and submitted to the Erie Times-News. Also check out Union City and General McLane. Check back throughout the spring for more schedules as they are submitted.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: August 29th, 2011

The Erie Times-News and are continuing District 10 football preview coverage this week, leading up to Friday’s season openers. Starting Sunday, the preview coverage included Region 6, McDowell and Region 4. The coverage will continue through Thursday. Included in each preview are complete rosters for each team.

Earlier, the Times-News published the 112-page Kickoff preseason guide and posted the online Summer Huddle series on the Varsity blog.

Check out the links to the Times-News team previews:
Sunday: McDowell preview
Sunday: Region 6
Monday: Region 4
Tuesday: Region 5
Wednesday: Region 2
Thursday: Region 3
Thursday: Region 1

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 25th, 2011

Friday’s scheduled football scrimmage featuring East against Dunkirk, N.Y., at Veterans Stadium has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

East now will participate in a tri-scrimmage with Harbor Creek and Corry, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (The Corry scrimmage was moved up a half-hour from its original 7 p.m. start time.)

Click below for the weekend’s full scrimmage schedule featuring District 10 teams:

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 19th, 2010

Corry is moving on after the graduation of District 10′s all-time leading passer, Scottie Frisina. He graduated after passing for more than 2,000 yards in a season twice and more than 5,000 in his career. Sophomore Matt Cragg will take over at QB, with help from running back Adam Zimmerman, receiver Cory Owens and tight end Justin Miller. Coach Homer Delattre talks about the season ahead:

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: November 7th, 2009

After reviewing the statistics and overall performances, here are our nominees for the Breakout Player of the Week.  In an oddity, receivers dominate this weekend’s poll.

Vote in the poll at upper right. We’ve added one player from Friday and several players from Saturday.

The winner will be announced Tuesday on the Varsity blog and will be featured in Friday’s sports edition.

Josh Niswonger, General McLane: 4 receptions, 49 yards; TD catches of 10, 18 and 5 yards, including the game-winner in the closing seconds.

Courtney Harden-Pullium, Strong Vincent: 4 receptions, 170 yards, including a 64-yard TD catch

Josh Rzepecki, Harbor Creek: 9 receptions, 125 yards; TD catches of 3, 3, 13 and 7 yards.

Braidy Westfall, Corry: 3 receptions, 132 yards, including TD catches of 80 and 49 yards. Also caught a two-point conversion pass.

Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep: 8 carries, 91 yards; TD runs of 6 and 49 yards, 12-yard TD receptions — all in the first half Saturday

Ryan Myers, Union City: 80-yard TD reception, 74-yard kickoff return for a TD, 8-for-12 passing for 106 yards, 2-point conversion pass

Dan Odem, Farrell: 20-yard interception return for TD, 5-of-8 passing for 85 yards and and four touchdowns, 11-yard TD run

Chris Kurzik, Mercyhurst Prep: 18 rushes for 122 yards and a TD.

Matt Stapleford, Warren: 16-of-24 passing for 227 yards and 2 TDs, two-point conversion pass, TD runs of 3 and 10 yards

Note: North East’s Jimmy Bailey and Mercyhurst Prep’s Aaron Horton were previous winners and were not eligible to win this week.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: October 31st, 2009

Photo galleries are now available from the Girard-Fairview and Corry-East games.

Readers can view or purchase photos from the two games.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: October 25th, 2009

Fairview’s Peter Jackson ran for 249 yards — his third consecutive game with at least 227 yards rushing — to lead District 10 rushers. Strong Vincent’s Brandon Akins-Jones scored four touchdowns in a win over East. Those were among the highlighted top performances Friday.

We’ve added two players from Saturday’s games — Iroquois’ Jake Szoszorek and General McLane’s Nick Lombardo.

Vote in the poll at upper right through Monday night. The winner will be featured in Friday’s sports section. Here at the Week 8 nominees.

Peter Jackson, Fairview: 33 rushes, 249 yards, 77-yard TD run; now has 714 yards in his past three games and 1,129 yards on the season.

Brandon Akins-Jones, Strong Vincent: 15 rushes, 186 yards, TD runs of 66, 1 and 44 yards; eturned a fumble 92 yards for a TD.

Scottie Frisina, Corry: 7-of-17 passing, 135 yards, 2 TDs; 16 rushes, 152 yards, 2 TDs

Greg Garmon, McDowell: 8 rushes, 160 yards, TD runs of 64 and 3 yards; returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD

Aaron Horton, Mercyhurst Prep: 16 rushes, 140 yards, TD runs of 59 and 5 yards; now has 1,117 yards on the season

Jared Burger, Union City: 25 rushes, 117 yards, TD runs of 11, 10 and 10 yards; now has District 10-leading 1,218 yards

Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep: 8 rushes, 92 yards, TD runs of 1 and 51 yards; 2 receptions, 70 yards; returned punt 59 yards for a TD

Jake Szoszorek, Iroquois: Rushed 23 times for 226 yards and hade TD runs of 5, 6, and 9 yards; also became the Braves’ all-time leading tackler.

Nick Lombardo, General McLane: Rushed 10 times for 75 yards and 2 TDs; completed both of his pass attempts for 30 yards; returned an interception 43 yards for a TD.

Posted in: District 10, Football

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