BERLIN - As Kevin Dunn puts it, “It’s been a long time coming.”
A junior, Dunn will take over as the starting quarterback for the Berlin Redcoats, a position he has only begun playing recently.
After losing Jack Lynch to a season-ending ACL injury last year, the Redcoats had to quickly scramble to find someone to replace him. Luckily, the Redcoats had senior Jack Hamel to take over.
But the ripple effects also went down the junior varsity team, where Dunn switched from wide receiver to quarterback.
“One injury changes the team dramatically,” Berlin coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “It changed our whole season. We had to put another guy in there and we did OK, we made the playoffs. In Berlin, you’re expected to make the playoffs every year. There is no down year, there is no rebuilding year. You will make the playoffs. There is no margin for error.”
Now it’s Dunn’s turn to take over that responsibility at the game’s most important position.
“He played quarterback for the first time last year and he has taken over the reins ever since,” Aresimowicz said.
Switching from receiver to quarterback “wasn’t bad,” Dunn said.
“I was kind of naturally good at quarterback, but just being a better cutter and leader of the program has been the biggest change to me,” he said.
Dunn has been working hard in the offseason so he can fulfill his role
“I love football, I’ve been playing it since third grade,” Dunn said. “It’s kind of a year-round thing, with other coaching. I play in the back yard whenever I can.”
Dunn has been playing football side by side with Alex Halkias for as long as they can remember.
“Kevin has been my best friend for my whole life, pretty much,” Halkias said. “We have chemistry and I think he’ll do great things. He’s a hard worker and dedicated to the game. He’s ready.”
The Redcoats have put their full trust in Dunn.
“I’m confident in Kevin,” Zach Hrubiec said. “We lost our QB as a senior last year and Kevin is just as good, if not better. I’m confident that he will be able to make the plays.”
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