BY BRIAN RZEPPA
While many with older siblings can feel pressure to live up to the standards that their relatives have set, Trenton senior Evan Berry was able to carve out his own legacy as a Trojan.
On the football field as a defensive end and tight end and on the basketball court as a forward, Berry was able to make a positive impact on Trenton athletics each time that he stepped onto the field of play.
For his efforts throughout his four years with the Trojans, Berry had gathered interest from colleges around the area inquiring about his athletic and educational abilities.
On National Signing Day, Berry made the decision to make his way to Concordia University in Ann Arbor, joining his brothers Josh and Dylan on the football team.
While his brothers laid the path for him on the football team and Trenton, it was Evan’s work ethic that helped him stand out and earn additional playing time. With this playing time, Berry finished second on the team in receiving yards and was one of the team’s leaders in tackles throughout his senior season.
“Evan is really a blue-collar football player in every sense of the word,” Trenton football Coach Bob Czarnecki said. “You can tell that his family has taught him work ethic and he’s extremely coachable and just loves playing the game.”
Berry’s relentless approach toward the game has helped him grow year-in and year-out and Czarnecki anticipates that trait will help him continue his progression as he approaches the next journey in his football career.
“From the Evan Berry that I met in ninth grade to him now, his work ethic created a situation where the sky is kind of the limit. If he continues to work the way that he has with us, Concordia will be getting a heck of a football player.”
A member of the National Honor Society, Berry should have no problem adjusting to the challenges that he will face in the classroom either. He hopes to concentrate on a sports-related major and plans on staying within the sports field beyond his days in college.
With the help of his brothers who have been on the team for two and three years, respectively, Berry should be able to get a first hand guide of what to expect from the program, an advantage that Czarnecki believes is invaluable.
“Even if Evan had went somewhere else, just having two brothers that have played in college is extraordinarily helpful because they can tell you what to expect in terms of practices, drills and things of that nature.” Czarnecki said. “Half of the battle as a freshman is just knowing what to expect and trying to anticipate what’s next, so it should be great for him to have that resource. Given that he’ll be at the same college as his brothers it should be even better, because he’ll have insight into the way that particular coaches operate and how they interact with players.”