Berlin High School football team honors teammate by playing man down

The Berlin High Football team plans to honor Nick Zuk all season. (WFSB)

The Berlin High School football team will honor one of their own during their game on Friday night and for the rest of the season.

Football teams have 11 players on a side for any given play, but n Friday night, the first time Berlin gets the ball on offense, on the first play, they'll send just 10 players out versus Bloomfield's 11.

The team is honoring lineman Nick Zuk by playing a man down all season on the first offensive play.

Zuk was a starter his freshman year and was expected to be a leader by his senior year.

About two years, while the Red Coats were playing for a state championship, Zuk was battling Leukemia.

About 18 months later, Zuk had regrown his hair and was able to put work in the weight room. He was planning on returning for his senior season.

In June, Zuk learned that the cancer had returned. A few weeks later, Zuk died.

Now, his teammates will honor his memory in every game this season and they try for a state championship.

Berlin's first home game is next Friday. That's when they'll dedicate the monument to nick and hundreds of people are expected to be wearing the special "Team Zuk" T-shirts.

Join us on @WFSBnews 5:30pm for the emotional story of Nick Zuk and the Berlin #cthsfb team. Here's a preview: https://t.co/qpP4xAQ0fE— John Holt (@JohnHoltWFSB) September 9, 2016

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