By R.L. McCRAY
Journal Sports Editor
One year ago, Corry’s football team was snake bitten. It lost tow games by scores of 7-6,
another 14-12 and two by one touchdown. “Maybe we’ve turned things around, good teams
find a way to win,” said coach Homer DeLattre after the orange and black pulled out a
pulsating if far from spectacular 7-6 win over visiting Titusville in Friday’s opening game. It
was a game in which the Rockets controlled the statistics, but not the scoreboard. The game
was scoreless for 47 minutes and 43 seconds. But a lot happened in 17 seconds, as both
teams scored touchdowns. Titusville scored late in the third quarter to snap a 0-0 standstill.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brandan Eck zigged and zagged and broke a number of tackles as he
danced and pranced 78 yards for the tying touchdown. With 1:06 left in period three, Aaron
Murphy booted the extra point — something Titusville had failed to do just seconds earlier.
“That might have been the ugliest win I’ve been associated with, but a win is a win,”
DeLattre admitted. “You have to take it for its worth. “We did enough to win the football
game,” he noted. “We had a lot of mental mistakes. We have a lot of work to do. “I knew
coming into this game that it would be as physical a game as we’d play this season — and it
was. We did enough to get it done,” said DeLattre. “We got great special teams play, that
will win you or lose you two games a year and tonight it won the game for us,” he said.
Not only was Eck’s sensational kickoff return crucial, plus Murphy’s PAT, Murphy’s 49-
yard punt midway in the fourth stanza was big as it came when Cory was at its own 9-yard
line. Titusville’s defense was stacked up to stop Beaver Paul Flick, who rushed for over
1,000 yards last year and 104 in an 18-14 win at Titusville. The mammoth Rockets defense
hounded Flick, holding him to 15 net yards on 11 carries. Corry had two big plays that
accounted for most of its offense. Bobby Cummings caught a 51-yard pass from Brenden
Carney. Aaron Gluvna, the starting QB, had a 45-yard run late but fumbled near the goal-
line. Titusville was given the ball at the 1-yard line. Titusville missed two first-half chances.
The Rockets had a dropped pass in the end zone on fourth down midway in the second. Then,
as time was running out in the half, Dave Stewart desperately pushed toward the end zone on
the half’s final play. Stewart appeared to hit the ground, and with nothing to lose, fumbled
the ball into the end zone. The officials ruled him down at the spot, and no touchdown.
Titusville QB Andrew Clark made things interesting at the end but Flick came up with a
game-sealing interception. Clark wound up 13 of 26 for 177 yards. Corry next travels to
Grove City, a 21-13 winner over Slippery Rock.
19 First Downs 9
65 Offensive Plays 45
39-132 Rushing-Yards 33-134
26-13-1 Pass-comp-int 12-4-2
177 Passing Yards 84
309 Total Yards 218
0-0 Sacks-Yds lost 1-5
2-1 Fumbles-Lost 4-2
9-64 Penalties-Yards 4-40
Score by Quarters
Titusville 0 0 6 0 -- 6
Corry 0 0 7 0 -- 7
T -- Marcus Bodamer 2 run. (kick failed) 1:23.
C -- Brandan Eck 78 kickoff return. (Aaron Murphy kick), 1:06.
C -- Paul Flick 11-15, Kyle Gates 9-37, Aaron Gluvna 8-72;
Shane Crotty 3-7, Brandan Eck 1-1, Brenden Carney 1-2.
TV -- Stewart 21-74, Bodamer 10-32, Clark 3-3, Henderson 1-15, Carr 4-8.
C -- Gluvna 3-7-2 for -28; Carney 1-4-0 for 51; Flick 0-1-0.
TV -- Clark 13-26-1 for 177T.
C -- Eck 1-20, Bobby Cummings 2-56.
TV -- Vincent 5-61, Carr 2-27, Bodamer 2-18, Love 1-12.