Return of St. Pierre among the highlights in Berlin football's win over East Catholic

Published on Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:58
Written by SHELBY IAVA

STAFF WRITER

MANCHESTER - One of the highlights of the Berlin football team’s 45-8 victory over East Catholic on Saturday was the return of Larry St. Pierre to the Redcoats’ 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.

“He’s a great kid and just a hard worker,” Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “He’s naturally talented. You can see he can get an open space. He’s slippery. He’s hard to tackle. I know I wouldn’t want to be in an open field trying to tackle him, either.”

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.

“[St. Pierre] is a great asset to have,” Hrubiec said. “His 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 it’s just going to be tougher for other teams to prepare for us.”

St. Pierre’s game plan for Saturday was simple: Come in and win.

“It felt great, [coming back],” St. Pierre said. “Hopefully we go undefeated. Hopefully we make it to the playoffs.”

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.

“They are among some of the best in the conference,” 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.

“You just can’t make those mistakes,” Aresimowicz said. “You can’t have turnovers, and you can’t have penalties. We want to get those down to zero.”

The Redcoats agree with Aresimowicz.

“That first drive we were beating ourselves more than they were beating us,” quarterback Kevin Dunn said. “We were driving and we would go two steps forward, one step back.”

As the game progressed, Berlin eliminated those penalties.

Some of the younger guys were able to see some action on Saturday.

“It really helps you,” Aresimowicz said. “When a kid goes down and you don’t want to risk it, the next guy is up and ready to play and there’s not much drop off.”

As for next week, junior running back Alex Halkias said the plan is to just keep grinding.

“We have to win that game every week,” Halkias said.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports on Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:58. Updated: Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:01.