ERIE — This trick stung.
Upstart East High needed no tricks the night before Halloween. The Warriors surprised Corry 26-13 on Friday night and may have punched its ticket to the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
East now has five wins, its most in a season since 1991.
Corry, who started the year at 5-0, slipped to 6-3.
East won despite committing 18 penalties — plus two that were declined.
The ball seemed to bounce right for the Warriors who fumbled four times without a turnover, although one third-quarter fumble appeared to go to Corry. But the officials claimed they had signaled the wrong way.
The key to victory for East was converting 11 of 18 third-down situations, many of those from longer than seven or eight yards.
Corry fell behind 18-0 on three touchdown runs by Alondre Hamilton. But when Corry scored on a 10-yard pass from Scottie Frisina to Cory Owens, it seemed the Beavers might make a comeback.
Then at the 8:51 mark of the third quarter, Adam Zimmerman blocked a punt and Justin Miller picked up the ball and dove into the end zone making it 18-13. Ironically, the only two punt attempts were blocked — Frisina’s quick kick was batted down, too.
Corry had a first and 10 at the East 21 late in period three, and a first and goal at the 9 after an eight-yard run by Zimmerman.
A third and nine pass to Zimmerman moved the ball to the five. On fourth down, Frisina was sacked for a seven-yard loss and the potential go-ahead touchdown was lost in the wind.
After East was stopped, Corry charged back but a holding penalty and three incompletions gave the ball back to the hosts.
East padded its lead scoring on a quarterback sneak with just over 2 minutes to play.
Frisina moved into second place all-time in District 10 passing but he was hardly on his game. He wound up 10 of 28 for 134 yards and two interceptions.
Zimmerman was the top rusher with 57 yards, Frisina finishing with 56.
East hard-running Hamilton had 99 yards on the ground and those three touchdowns.
Corry has one more shot at a seventh win, a game at Bradford next Friday. Those Owls have also fallen on tough times and are 6-3 after losing last night o Cathedral Prep, 64-7.
Corry Erie East
16 First downs 20`
56 Offensive plays 77
28-131 Rushes-yards 52-248
28-10—2 Pass-comp-int 25-11-0
134 Passing yards 168
265 Total yards 416
2-1 Fumbles-lost 4-0
2-25 Penalties-yards 18-126
1* Punts-average 1*
15:33 Time of possession 32:27
4-12 3rd down conversions 11-18
2-5 4th down conversions 2-6
* punts blocked
Corry 0 7 6 0 — 13
East 6 12 0 0 — 26
E-Alondre Hamilton 15 run (kick short) :51
E-A. Hamilton 28 run (run failed) 11:33
E-A.Hamilton 1 run (run failed) 4:52
C-Cory Owens 10 pass from Scottie Frisina (Dave Hajec kick) 1:00
C-Justin Miller 4 blocked punt return (pass intercepted) 8:51
E-Gary Brown 1 sneak (A.Hamilton run) 2:11
Rushing: Cor- Frisina 14 carries for 56 yds; Adam Zimmerman 8-57; Owens 3-16; J.Miller 5-2. E- Brown 17-114; A.Hamilton 18-99; Mark Knight 11-45; Dearius Nolen 1-0; Jermaine Gillespie 5 minus 10.
Passing: Cor- Frisina 10 of 28 for 134, 2 int. E- Brown 10 of 21 for 149; Gillespie 1-4 for 19.
Receiving: Cor- Owens 2-38; Craig Marti 1-16; Braidy Westfall 1-23; Anderson 2-26, Zimmerman 4-31. E-James Paul 3-47; Martial Cajuste 3-43; Jermaine Thornton 2-30; Maximo Sanchez 1-38; Gillespie 1-12; Nolen 1 minus 2.