ADRIAN -- He’s only entering his junior year, but Adrian/Ellsworth football player Breyer Hieronimus already knows several positions, which should help him as he gets deeper into the quarterback role with the Dragons.
Hieronimus started his sophomore season as the quarterback on the junior varsity team, but after one game he was moved up to varsity. Besides quarterback, he played some snaps at wide receiver. He was a safety on defense.
Coaches, of course, make plans prior to the beginning of every season, but adjustments are made depending on what’s seen on the field and at practice. The A/E coaches agreed that Hieronimus’ ball skills even last year were as good as anyone on the team, so they didn’t hesitate.
Tall, lanky, and with an easy and smooth throwing motion, Hieronimus has already warmed up to his task this year. And he knows how to make his experiences work in his favor.
“The toughest thing about being a defensive back and safety is reading the quarterback’s eyes, trying to pick up the ball. The end of my sophomore season they shifted me to quarterback, but in the beginning I mostly played safety,” he said. “Being changed to quarterback wasn’t really very difficult because I played quarterback for most of my career starting in third grade. Things I’m trying to improve as a quarterback are my footwork and reading the defense. Handing the ball off is what we mostly do, and when we pass the ball it’s mostly short curls and screens.”
Yes, don’t expect the Adrian/Ellsworth football team to set any passing records this year, or any year. The Dragons have always been a run-first outfit, and for them it’s usually been a highly successful strategy.
Except last year. Last year the team won just one game.
Hieronimus, a three-sport star who also plays baseball and wrestles, believes the team can do much better this season.
He also looks forward to wrestling season, where he is also a proven winner. He placed in several youth state tournaments in the past, and has never had a losing record in high school. His goal for the winter is to qualify for his first state tourney.
You can see a video of Breyer Hieronimus at The Globe web site at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sample of our interview:
QUESTION: Do you think your Dragons will be able to bounce back from the 2020 season?
ANSWER: “I think we can be a little better than .500, if not .500, after a rough season last year. Usually we’re right up there in the section championship -- usually playing Minneota in the championship. That’s a team we’ve never really been able to beat. But we play ‘em the first week this year, so maybe it changes.”
QUESTION: Have you got a good sports memory to share?
ANSWER: “One of my special sports memories is, before every youth team (wrestling) tournament we always did the ‘I Believe’ chant to hype us up. It goes, ‘I believe. I believe that. I believe that we. I believe that we will. I believe that we will win …’ And you just keep doing that ‘I believe that we will win.’”
QUESTION: When you’re not doing sports, what do you like to do in your free time?
ANSWER: “Things I like to do outside of sports is work and lift (weights). It’s a good thing for you. I work for Thier Construction. Things I like about doing construction is that it’s hard work -- never really take a break or anything, it’s just keep continuously going. Building sheds and stuff is pretty fun.”