DERRY — If there were any lingering questions about whether Pinkerton senior lineman Jake Bernaiche received any breaks from his father, Astros line coach Dave Bernaiche, the crowd at the team’s victory over Brockton last month received a clear answer.
“Against Brockton I messed up a kickout block and he was screaming his head off at me on the sidelines,” said Jake. “I’ll tell you, I didn’t mess that rule up again!”
When the often boisterous Bernaiche men are together on the gridiron, voices are going to be raised. But they wouldn’t trade the occasional confrontation for anything in the world.
“There are some very awkward car rides home because I don’t hold anything back,” Dave said with a chuckle. “Sometimes he has to hear what he did wrong on the way home. A lot of times, I am harder on him than anyone.
“But people think because I am so gruff on the football field that I am always tough on him. But we are very, very close. Soon he will be off to college and the ties will have to be cut, which will be tough. So I am really glad I’ve been able to share this time with Jake on the football field.”
Tomorrow afternoon, the father and son will look to extend their player/coach relationship one more week, as their No. 2 Astros host No. 3 Nashua South in the New Hampshire Division 1 semifinals at 1 p.m. The winner earns a berth in next Saturday’s title game.
“He yells at me all the time,” said Jake, a quad-captain. “So that means he teats me like everyone else. But I have loved having my dad as a coach. I really appreciate him doing everything he has for me over the years.”