It’s been 13 years since Corry has started its football season 4-0.
That’s the goal tomorrow night when the Beavers host 1-2 Meadville.
“The kids are real excited, this is by far the most important game of our season so far,” said coach Homer DeLattre. “Meadville is the team that knocked us out of the playoffs last year.
“We’ve spent a lot of time and the players have been watching tape more than they have in the past,” he noted. “We have two games from this year, so we have a pretty good take on what they are going to do.
“The school and the community is real excited, I think there will be another big support group there — hopefully we can make everyone go home happy,” DeLattre stated.
“The Girard game, if someone would have told me that we would have five turnovers and no passing touchdowns, there’s no way we’d come close to winning. That’s how far our program has come, in years past, that’s a 30-0 loss,” he claimed. “Look how far we have come, we’ve really turned the corner as far as being a force in the district.
“Meadville is a combination of our first three opponents,” said DeLattre. ‘They run basic wing-T (like Titusville), power wing (like Franklin), and some traps and pitch plays like Girard ran. We’ve seen a lot of everything they are going to do in terms of counters and everything else.
“It’s really fallen into our hands, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop them,” he said. “It just means we’ve seen everything they are going to throw at us.”
DeLattre said Meadville is a physical team with multiple formations and motions. They run a basic 44 defense with three-deep man coverage. And they like to blitz.
To win, he says, Corry must have a consistent mix of runs and passes, eliminate the big play and play mistake free on special teams.
Girard was averaging 300 yards a game and 8 yards a carry. The Jackets managed just 88 yards off 49 attempts. They had just two first downs in the second half.
Meadville was surprised by Erie East, losing 34-7. East had 144 yards passing.
“Our guys are focused and ready to go,” said DeLattre. “Teams are defending us so that it opens up the running game. In the past, we haven’t been able to run the ball in big games. Now we can.”
Coach DeLattre praised the play of Kelsey Crawford from the Girard game. “He was all over the field, he was taking on two or three blockers every single snap,” he said. “He’s a little guy, he turned everything back inside — he was the main reason why our defense was so successful against Girard.
“We gave him the Hammer Award this week,” he added.
DeLattre also cited the kicking of Dave Hajec.
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” he said. “As coaches, we feel anytime we get to the 25, we can get at least three (points). You can guarantee yourselves those points, especially in big games.
“That could really help us, maybe we won’t have to take a chance at the end zone, we know we have three right now,” DeLattre said.
Tomorrow’s kickoff is at 7 p.m. The following Friday is the homecoming game against Central Tech.