BERLIN - The Berlin football team has had little trouble against its opponents through the first three games of the season yet, but it knows there is still work to be done.
So throughout their week of preparation for this afternoon’s game against RHAM, the Redcoats wanted to keep it simple - get back to the basics.
Berlin gone over all of their basic plays on offense and defense, walked them out on the field and repped them out. Now four weeks into the season, it’s no longer a learning process.
“We’re not putting anything new in, we’re not adding anything, we’re going back to it as if it were Day 1,” Redcoats head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “We threw a lot at [our players] quick, but we are now in Week 4. We’re going back and just redoing the weeks so we can execute at a higher level.”
That could be a benefit for the Redcoats and pose a problem for opponents, starting with the Sachems, a team Berlin has had little trouble against recently.
RHAM enters the game 2-1. With their only loss to Tolland, it will it will be interesting to see what the Sachems bring to the field, especially with a new coaching staff. Aresimowicz believes this game is going to be different compared to last season’s matchup which ended in a 50-7 Redcoats win.
“It’s a new coaching staff, so we’re expecting new things,” Aresimowicz said. “They have a couple athletes. I think I’ve been saying that every week. But it seems like the high school level in Connecticut, you always have a few athletes then it comes down to the supporting cast, how close are the next group of guys.”
One of the athletes Berlin will have to stop is RHAM quarterback Callum Redman, who has the ability to do plenty of damage with his legs. Listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Redman completed only 2-of 5 passes for 26 yards against Avon last week, but ran for 178 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns.
Seamus Queen is another Sachem the Redcoats have to look out for. Queen rushed 13 carries on 80 yards.
“We’re going to have to play our brand of football,” Aresimowicz said. “We need to play mistake free, which means no turnovers, no flags, we haven’t done that yet.”
As always, Berlin will rely heavily on its run game and look to establish it as soon as it sets foot on the field.
“And then just as soon as they come into the box, we’ll start passing,” Aresimowicz said. “We’re really a 50-50 team, if you try to take one away we’re going to part with the other. We’ll have all four pieces of the puzzle [for our running back group] and our two wideouts, Andrew Brochu and Giancarlo Tufano have just nicked the surface.”
If that’s the case, it should be an easy afternoon for the Redcoats.
“For this week we’re going to work hard,” senior running back James Mazzarella said. “Make sure our depth is good. We’re prepared just in case there is an injury. We get the next guy in and keep going.”
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