Playoffs on line in game at East

Corry’s defense was impressive in the first half of last Friday night’s rainy home finale against Warren. Here, Justin Miller (28), Alec Gluvna (66), Dustin Taubert (50) and Kelsey Crawford (21) combine to bring down Dragon Curtis DeLattre. Journal photo by R.L. McCray

There’s plenty on the line tomorrow night when Corry travels to Erie to take on vastly-improved East.

“It should be a real competitive football game because we are both playing for the same thing,” admitted Corry coach Homer DeLattre of the 7 p.m. matchup at the veterans Stadium.

Corry is 6-2 overall, East 4-4, but the schools are in opposite regions. Cathedral Prep, Strong Vincent and Grove City are locks for the Class AAA playoffs leaving one spot up for grabs.

“East hasn’t made it to the postseason in a very long time, they haven’t had a winning season in a long time either,” DeLattre stated. “And our program hasn’t had more than six wins since 1996. We are trying to get over that win six-win hump.

“Two of the last three years we’ve had six, we are looking forward to getting that seventh win and eventually the eighth one,” he claimed.

Senior quarterback Scottie Frisina has passed for 1,545 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 641 yards and 11 TDs. He enters the game 49 yards short of the No. 2 position all-time in passing in District 10.

“Scottie doesn’t really care about how many yards he needs, we’ll do whatever it takes to win the game,” DeLattre said. “Just like we did against Warren, where we might have done for him to get more yards.”

Frisina was hobbling the second half that game, slowed by a deep thigh bruise and pulled muscle. But he says everything is fine now.

“At this point of the season, every football player is sore, beat up, playing at like 80 percent,” DeLattre said. “We are gearing down a little bit at the end of the season, we want to make sure our kids are ready to play on Friday night.

“We had 13 guys out of school Tuesday, none on the varsity, and I’ve also been out with family illnesses,” he stated.

East has already won more games than it has in 15 years.

“They have one of the best running backs in District 10 (Alondre Hamilton) and a very good quarterback (Gary Brown), they run a spread offense, they run the ball and pass the ball,” said DeLattre. “They live on the big play. We must make sure they don’t have a short field to go.

“We need to create a long field with our defense, and in turn create a short field for our offense,” he stated. “Special teams are going to be huge, we need to eliminate return yards and not turn the ball over. We have to protect our quarterback, we have to do all things you need to do in a big game.

“We have to run the ball and mix in the pass,” DeLattre claimed. “Friday night at the stadium is always exciting, no matter who is playing. We have our second chance in three years to make the playoffs. And it would be great to get that seventh win.

“But this isn’t the East team of old, one that might quit when it gets behind. That’s not the case. Leonard Ford has done a tremendous job up there, they have great stats offensively and their defense is solid. They are right up there with the best.

“Our seniors know what they have to do to extend their season,” DeLattre concluded.

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