Village Academy stars sign with colleges
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
by Jackson Wolek
Larry Brihm and Erich Maine helped build the Village Academy football program and were rewarded Wednesday when they signed national letter of intents.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Brihm was the Tigers' starting quarterback for all five years of the program's existence. He threw for 1,705 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. Larger schools showed interest in Brihm on defense, but he was determined to continue to play quarterback and signed instead with Bethune-Cookman.
"I believe my heart is at quarterback, because that's what I've been doing for the past five years and I believe I can take it to the next level," Brihm said.
Maine signed Wednesday with Robert Morris. Maine played running back and defense for the Tigers this season, rushing for 999 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had 84 tackles, four interceptions and four sacks. Maine received offers from other schools, but decided on Robert Morris after visiting the Pittsburgh school.
"I just liked the coaches," Maine said. "I felt like they were my coaches. They treated me like a family member."
Devonte Robinson was the first former Village Academy player to sign to play college football, committing to West Virginia last year.
"I'm very proud of what these two young men have done," Village Academy coach Donald Hanna said. "They've paved the way for years to come. We started this program as just something for the kids to do for fun, so where we're at now is just a testament to all the hard work these kids have done."