MANCHESTER - One of the highlights of the Berlin football teamâ€™s 45-8 victory over East Catholic on Saturday was the return of Larry St. Pierre to the Redcoatsâ€™ lineup.
He showed lots of potential for what is left in store for the season, rushing for 23 yards and adding 87 yards receiving, scoring two touchdowns.
â€śHeâ€™s a great kid and just a hard worker,â€ť Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. â€śHeâ€™s naturally talented. You can see he can get an open space. Heâ€™s slippery. Heâ€™s hard to tackle. I know I wouldnâ€™t want to be in an open field trying to tackle him, either.â€ť
Last season as a freshman, St. Pierre rushed for 467 yards and had 174 receiving, scoring two touchdowns.
Sophomore captain Zach Hrubiec said having St. Pierre back is going to make things a bit difficult for competitors.
â€ś[St. Pierre] is a great asset to have,â€ť Hrubiec said. â€śHis athleticism is off the charts and he is a playmaker. We are very happy he is back and ready to go. He adds another back to our already dangerous backfield, so now itâ€™s just going to be tougher for other teams to prepare for us.â€ť
St. Pierreâ€™s game plan for Saturday was simple: Come in and win.
â€śIt felt great, [coming back],â€ť St. Pierre said. â€śHopefully we go undefeated. Hopefully we make it to the playoffs.â€ť
St. Pierre is a dynamic running back, Aresimowicz said. The Redcoats will now be able to have three to four running backs out on the field.
â€śThey are among some of the best in the conference,â€ť Aresimowicz said.
Berlin has started its season strong, but being a young team can have its advantages and disadvantages. The Redcoats had a total of nine penalties for 70 yards Saturday.
â€śYou just canâ€™t make those mistakes,â€ť Aresimowicz said. â€śYou canâ€™t have turnovers, and you canâ€™t have penalties. We want to get those down to zero.â€ť
The Redcoats agree with Aresimowicz.
â€śThat first drive we were beating ourselves more than they were beating us,â€ť quarterback Kevin Dunn said. â€śWe were driving and we would go two steps forward, one step back.â€ť
As the game progressed, Berlin eliminated those penalties.
Some of the younger guys were able to see some action on Saturday.
â€śIt really helps you,â€ť Aresimowicz said. â€śWhen a kid goes down and you donâ€™t want to risk it, the next guy is up and ready to play and thereâ€™s not much drop off.â€ť
As for next week, junior running back Alex Halkias said the plan is to just keep grinding.
â€śWe have to win that game every week,â€ť Halkias said.