A backup quarterback until Friday night, Corella stepped into the starting job and responded with four rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown to lead West Lincoln to a 45-14 win over bitter rival Cherryville.
The West Lincoln coaching staff tweaked its game plan for Cherryville after previous starting QB Corey Smith suffered some minor injuries in a non-football related incident. The changes involved putting the ball in Corella's hands as a runner while also looking to attack the corners of the Cherryville defense, which is away from the Ironmen's strength along the interior line.
The fine-tuning could not have worked out any better. Corella scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another, all in the first half as the Rebels opened up a stunning 35-0 lead by halftime.
And the beleagured Ironmen had to trot in front of West Lincoln's fans, assembled in the temporary bleacher seats in the end zone, as they trudged into the halftime dressing room. It was almost like adding insult to injury.
The Ironmen appeared to regain their equilibrium a bit in the second half, but the outcome had already been decided. Backup Cherryville QB Spencer Stamey had a couple of rushing TDs for the Ironmen, but West Lincoln only slowed down a bit itself.
Corella scored his fourth rushing TD of the game in the second half, and kicker Ivan Calvillo added a 20-yard fourth quarter field goal after a West Lincoln drive stalled for one of the few times on the night.
Not only did he run, Corella completed 3 of 6 passes for 65 yards, one of them a 23-yard scoring toss to Dalton Rhoney. Corella also found time to run back a punt 50 yards to set up a Rebel score.
And it was just not the offensive wrinkles that worked. The defense shut down the Ironmen in every way, holding them to 50 yards rushing and no pass completions.
Linebacker Derrick Braun established West Lincoln's defensive dominance on the game's opening series when he broke through and sacked Cherryville QB Darius Harris for a 7-yard loss.
How tough was the West Lincoln defense? Cherryville registered its first first down of the game with less than a minute left in the first half. The Rebels recorded sacks, stopped the outside sweeps, and bottled up the middle. There was nowhere for the Iornnen to go.
"Coach Peeler came up with a couple of different blitz looks, and we threw some different stuff at them. That is why we were able to get to their quarterback and get through their blocks," West Lincoln coach Tom Sain said.
All in all, West Liincoln played aggressively in all areas of the game.
"We talked about playing with heart and giving 110 percent. I thought the guys came out and played with a lot of heart. I am real excited about the way they played," Sain said.
In addition to the big night by Corella, Daniel Davilla rushed for more than 100 yards again, and Tracey Messer notched a rushing TD for the Rebels.
The win boosted the Rebels to 2-1 in the conference, 4-3 overall.
But with East Lincoln coming in next week, there is no time to bask in the limelight.
"We have got to keep working each week, and be ready to play. You never know how it will turn out," Sain said.