In the third game of his junior season, Berkeley Young scoured the field for an open receiver.
The St. James quarterback shuffled his feet, twisted his body and fired the football. Then came the hit.
A Carolina Forest defender’s blow separated his shoulder, ending Young’s season. He had surgery and kept his arm in a sling for months. He didn’t lift any weight until January. But slowly he returned to form, and the senior is again the team’s starting signal caller this fall.
“It definitely makes me more hungry,” Young said. “Not nervous at all. It’s more excitement. I’m just confident and unbelievably excited to get back out there.”
The Sharks are glad to have Young back, too. Through the first two games of last year, Young was putting up better numbers than he did during his entire sophomore campaign. He threw six touchdown passes, three in each of those contests.
After such a strong start, Young said it was difficult to watch his teammates play the rest of the year. However, he’s optimistic about this fall. Although St. James coach Joey Price quit after one season, defensive coordinator Tommy Norwood stepped into that role. Norwood is the third coach in as many seasons at St. James, but Young said he’s glad to have a familiar face on the sidelines for his senior year.
“He’s a great coach,” he said. “He knows what to do. He’s got a good relationship with all of us, and he’s not somebody new coming in. He was the defensive coordinator last year and everybody loved him. So he’s a good guy. And he knows definitely what he’s doing. He’s a pretty successful coach.”
The respect is mutual.
“He’s done a good job,” Norwood said, adding that, like the coach, the quarterback is providing stability at a key post. “He’s very smart, very conscientious and our kids respect him.”