BERLIN - Last season, Berlin shut out East Catholic 34-0 and the Redcoats are looking to do the same thing today.
But the Eagles, who finished 5-5 last season, are expected to pose a challenge.
“They are a very disciplined team, both offensively and defensively,” head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “Their coach is doing a good job making sure they’re running their plays.”
The Eagles play with structure, he added.
“They’re a double-winged team,” Aresimowicz said, “which means we have to play a lot of assignment football. We have to make sure each and every one of our kids knows what they’re supposed to do, both offensively and defensively and that they’re in the right spot.”
The Redcoats are preparing for a different type of defense this week.
“We juggled the lineup around,” Aresimowicz said. “We have a few kids that didn’t see action last week that [are] going to get in because they have the skillset needed for this week. It’s just high intensity, know your job, and execute at a high level.”
Sophomore captain Zach Hrubiec said Berlin is confident in how they will play.
“East Catholic is a good team. They run a difficult offense to stop,” Hrubiec said. “I feel confident we will shut them down and do our thing on offense and get the win.”
East Catholic’s Dan Evans has caught the Redcoats’ eye.
“He is a thumper and a physical player,” Hrubiec said, “but we feel like we have prepared for him and the end results will show that.”
Berlin is bringing back Larry St. Pierre, who didn’t play in the home opener last Friday.
“He’s a sophomore dynamic running back. He’s going to help on our offensive side of the ball,” Aresimowicz said. “We’re going to have three or four running backs out there that are among some of the best in the conference.”
Hrubiec said St. Pierre is a great asset to have.
“His athleticism is off the charts and he is a playmaker,” Hrubiec said. “We are very happy he’s back and ready to go. He adds another back to our already dangerous backfield, so now it’s just going to be tougher for other teams to prepare for us.”
“I’ve worked very hard for this time to come,” Pierre said. “I hope my team and I do very well. I’m just going to try my hardest, no matter what happens.”
There is no way the Redcoats can predict how a game can go, but the team feels like they will be able to “take care of business,” Hrubiec said.