Berrier, St. Paul's run all over Severn by 28-0 No. 10 Crusaders improve mark to 7-0 behind rehabbing back


St. Paul's running back Chris Berrier remembers feeling helpless last season while standing on the sideline with his foot in a cast while visiting Severn ran away with a lopsided victory.

"I wanted to be in there so bad, but I couldn't," said Berrier, who underwent surgery on his foot this summer.

"It was really frustrating standing there watching them run up and down the field on us."

Now, Severn knows has it feels.

Berrier made sure of that yesterday as he powered his way to 223 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-0 win over the Admirals.

If you think Berrier's stats were impressive, just imagine what he could have done had he carried the ball in the fourth quarter.

"Chris just had surgery in June so he's still rehabbing," said St. Paul's coach Brian Abbott, quickly adding that Berrier is close to being 100 percent.

"He was really running hard today. Even after the first and second hits, he was still gaining yardage. He rarely got dropped for a loss."

Abetted by an offensive line that owned the line of scrimmage, Berrier, a load to bring down at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, gained 164 yards in the first half alone.

Berrier quieted Severn's homecoming crowd with a 10-yard plunge into the end zone late in the first quarter.

J.R. Sanchez' interception and return inside the Admirals' 10-yard-line set up Berrier's second score, a 9-yard run that saw Berrier shed a tackle and carry two Severn defenders into the end zone.

"We knew the field was going to be sloppy because of all the rain so we just wanted to take it inside, play power football and let the line do the work," said Berrier. "My line played huge today. I can't ask them to do any better of a job than they did today."

The No. 10 Crusaders (7-0), who are in pursuit of a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title, drove the ball down the throats of the defending conference champs in the waning minutes of the first half.

On the nine-play scoring drive, Berrier ran the ball eight straight times, picking up five consecutive first downs before running in from 1 yard out to give his team a 21-0 lead at the half.

Denard Melton started the game at quarterback for Severn and picked up 17 yards on a keeper. As it turned out, Melton's opening run would be Severn's only first down of the half.

After turning the ball over on downs their first possession of the second half, Berrier and company went back to work and manufactured a 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive.

The Admirals (5-2), whose only other loss of the season came in a 35-7 rout to John Carroll, managed to pick up its second first down of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter but never threatened to score.

"We got beat by a really good football team, that's all I can tell you," said Severn coach John Beckman. "They dominated the line of scrimmage. I think that was obvious to everybody."

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