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