Grove City Eagles Fly By Corry, 40-14
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, October 17th, 2009
GROVE CITY — When Grove City and Corry met Friday night at Forker Field, it was a battle for the top spot in the District 10, Region 5-AAA standings.
Exploding for 27 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes plus one play, Grove City turned a 14-13 Corry lead into a convincing 40-14 win for the Eagles.
With the win, Grove City moves to 4-3 overall, on top of the District 10, Region 5-AAA standings with a mark of 2-0. On the other side of the ledger, Corry, as a result of their second straight loss after opening the season with five straight wins, is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in divisional play.
“When you watch film like we do, work hard and do things the right way, it pays off with good things happening and that was the case for us tonight,” explained Grove City coach Jeff Bell. “We have had trouble in the second half of games. We had Wilmington on the ropes and let that one slip away and I told them at halftime they had to learn to finish if we are going to seriously think about playoffs and they did that tonight.”
As for the matter of Grove City playing a better second half, it was a matter of slowing down the high-powered, no-huddle offense for the Beavers.
“They (Corry) run a high power offense with people running all over the field,” said Bell. “The big thing for us was keeping them from scoring every time they touched the ball.”
If there was a bright spot for the Beavers in the loss, it would have been the play of quarterback Scott Frisina who rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown while throwing for another 188.
“He (Frisina) did a great job, but he also made some poor decisions,” said DeLattre. “We moved the ball on offense at times, but the bottom line is that we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities when we had to. We put ourselves in situations where we had to go 80 yards most of the time because we couldn’t get a stop on defense. That to me is more disappointing than any thing about the loss.”
As for keeping the Beavers off the scoreboard for the final 20 minutes of the game, Bell was quick to point out that he and his staff made some changes to slow down Frisina.
“When you look at the beginning of the game, it seemed as though they were completing everything they threw,” said Bell. “They ran a couple of draws on us and as the game went on, our kids started recognizing things they were doing and the things we worked on all week started kicking in. These (Grove City) kids probably watch as much film as the NFL teams and our coaches did an outstanding job of preparing our team to play this game.”
Offensively, the biggest noise was made by Grove City junior running back Jamar Patterson. Patterson had a huge night with 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 17 carries, while Nick Reddick and Marty Phipps complemented Patterson’s overland effort with respective totals of 80 and 62 yards. For the game, the Eagles rushed for 394 yards.
“I give all the credit to my (offensive) line,” said Patterson. “Coming through the hole, it is that one move I worry about. I follow behind my linemen and they give me that cut lane and as soon as I see daylight, I just go as hard and fast as I can.”
With the GC running game in high gear, the Eagles didn’t have to go to the airlanes. However, when they did, quarterback Tyler Dagres was a perfect 3-for-3 for 57 yards. Dagres’ favorite target was Chauncey Miller who hauled in a pair of balls for 43 yards.
While Patterson was the noisemaker on offense for the Eagles, Patterson’s classmate Brady Beech was dominant down the stretch for the GC defense.
With his team leading 26-14, Beech almost single-handedly put the game out of reach as the final two Grove City scores came within 36 seconds of each other. Beech set up the first one with an interception before taking his second “pick” of the night to the house 36 seconds later from 34 yards out to set the final.
“On the first one I was just hoping that I caught it and luckily I did,“ explained Beech. “On the second one he just threw it right to me and I had a clear open lane the whole way (to the end zone) so it was pretty sweet getting in there,“
Now that the Eagles are in a position to control their own destiny in terms of winning a regional crown, the Eagles still face another big test Friday night.
“Meadville is playing a lot better, they’ve got a whole group of running backs,“ said Bell. “I saw them on T.V. (Thursday) night (in a 35-6 Bulldog victory over Slippery Rock) and they’re going be a challenge. We’re going to have to play a good game to beat them. I told the kids that we’ll enjoy this one tonight until I shut the projector off Saturday morning and then we’ll start thinking about Meadville.”
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