The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


July 4, 2009

A Don McCormack column: ‘Home Field’ is a gridiron home run

Paying another visit to the variety store...

Dynamite DVD

While I pride myself on being a bit of a historian for area high school athletics, when it comes to Geneva High School football — to use a sports analogy — I can’t carry Norm Potter’s jock.

As you probably read in our Friday edition, Potter, a 1982 Geneva graduate, has put together a video depicting the history of the football program at Ashtabula County’s western-most school, titled “Home Field.”

And, Loyal Readers, let me be the first to tell you, it is in one word, spectacular.

Want to watch Mark Debevc carry the football?

Care to see the late great Bob Herpy drag tacklers as he runs up the gut?

How about Don Craine speed around end?

Then, there’s legends such as Jim Merrell and Dale Arkenburg. Merrell looks like Dick Butkus storming from sideline to sideline.

Not to mention a tremendous run by Ed Pizzuto.

Or how about Rick Spangler take four steps into the football to kick a 52-yard field goal that bounces off the crossbar, straight up then finally over on the final play to win a game?

All of that — and plenty more — are on the DVD.

Having been fortunate enough to receive an advance copy from Potter, a former Eagles kicker himself for Herpy, I had no idea what to expect when I popped it in.

As the drama unfolded, I found myself enthralled and when it ended, I watched it again.

Yes, Loyal Readers, it’s that good. You need not be a Geneva fan to enjoy the footage, either. Watching some of the vintage film from decades ago should be required viewing for football fans young and old.

The segment that shows a slideshow of some of the Eagles who went on to serve their country is heart tugging.

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