BERLIN - Berlin head football coach Joe Aresimowicz told his players to run the ball on Friday night, and they did exactly that.
The Redcoats came out victorious for the third week in a row, shutting out Northwest Catholic 24-0.
Aresimowicz put the ball in the hands of junior running back Alex Halkias this week.
“We put the ball in Alex’s hands and good things happen,” Aresimowicz said. “He hits that edge, he’s hard to stop.”
Halkias rushed a total of 125 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. He also had one reception for 47 yards.
That tied Halkias’ personal best for most touchdowns in one game.
“When I was eight years old I scored four once, in a game against Durham, but … I was eight,” he said.
Aresimowicz said he’s a hardworking player and very talented.
“He actually made the call on the last play,” Aresimowicz said.
The head coach told his offensive coordinator to “leave it up to the kids, let them decide.” Halkias told the Redcoats that he wanted the ball, so they gave it to him. Halkias scored on a 17-yard run with 4:13 left in the game.
“That’s the type of leader ship you want from the team,” Aresimowicz said.
Berlin has some tough competition coming up within the next few weeks.
Aresimowicz said Berlin started five sophomores in Friday night’s game alongside the vets.
With many players sitting on the sidelines with injuries, Aresimowicz still isn’t worried.
James Mazzarella said, “Our starting center is out and our starting middle linebacker is also out.”
Subbing the younger players gives them more experience, which has created the depth for the Redcoats.
Junior quarterback Kevin Dunn was 9-for-12 for 130 yards. Last game Dunn threw his first two varsity touchdowns.
“Our run game and our power game has been doing really well,” sophomore running back Zach Hrubiec said. “We have a lot of athletes between the backfield and our line. Kevin’s throwing the ball well and everything’s coming into place. We’re only getting better.”
Since the season began, the Redcoats seem to have a pattern. Berlin has had slow starts to every game.
“We need to come together as a whole,” Hrubiec said. “When we get an early flag like we did the last three games, we can’t come down on each other and let the momentum swing. ... Against those types of teams you just have to shut them up, give them no hope.”
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