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High school football: Seth Corry's return bolsters Lone Peak's defense

HIGHLAND — Everyone Seth Corry talked to this summer and fall recommend that he didn’t play football again this year. There was simply too much to lose.

The Lone Peak senior is one of the top left-handed high school baseball pitchers in the country, and those advising him said there was too much to lose if he suffered another torn ACL. Corry is a potential first-round pick in next summer’s Major League Baseball draft.

That’s unlikely if he suffers another torn ACL like did during the quarterfinals of last year’s 5A football playoffs.

As much as it pained him, all of the recommendations made sense, so when Lone Peak football kicked off the 2016 season back in August it was without its first-team all-state safety from the year before.

“I always told Seth you do what’s in your best interest and you do what’s right for you,” said Lone Peak football coach Mike Mower.

When Lone Peak lost to Bingham in Week 3, Corry started to get the football itch. He even came out to football practice a couple times, “but I didn’t feel quite ready.” His body was ready, but Corry wasn’t ready to actually make a decision that went against everything he was being told.

Three weeks ago though, he finally said enough is enough.

He approached coach Mower after Lone Peak’s first-round win over Northridge and said he was ready to play.

“I love football so much, and I love my team. I’ve been playing with these guys since I was so young,” said Corry. “There was just something I felt was missing in my life at this point, and I needed it. I wasn’t really doing anything, I was working out and getting strong for baseball, but baseball is far away. I felt like what I needed was to be out on the field with my brothers.”

Corry acknowledges that maybe those advising him not to play football “are still right,” but he said it was important to make his own decision and put everything else aside.

In his first game back against Jordan, Corry recorded 12 tackles and two interceptions. Then last week in the semifinals against American Fork, he notched three tackles in the blowout win.

“He’s one of the most intense competitors I’ve ever coached,” said Mower. “We’re glad to have him. He’s a special athlete and a special young man. Can’t say enough good about him on and off the field. The kids love him so much, he really has added to the chemistry of the team.”

A year after an ACL injury forced Corry to watch Lone Peak’s loss in the 5A championship from the sidelines, he’ll be in the starting lineup at safety this Friday when the Knights face Bingham in this year’s title game.

His athleticism could be a huge asset as Lone Peak tries to avenge its 42-21 loss to Bingham back in Week 3. Corry watched that game in street clothes, but he’s certainly capable of being a difference-maker defensively.

“I think he’s one of the best players in the state. He could play anywhere,” said Mower.

This isn’t the first time Corry has made a dramatic return to the playing field.

When Corry suffered the ACL tear last November, it appeared the injury would also sideline him for his junior year on the baseball team. He wasn’t willing to concede that easily, and was back in uniform by the end of April.

With his knee at about 60 percent, according to Corry, he appeared in the last 13 games for the Knights, including making four starts on the mound — all victories.

Just like the football season though, last year’s baseball season ended with a loss in the championship game.

Corry is anxious to create a different memory with his teammates this week.

Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: jedward@deseretnews.com