BERLIN - While the Berlin football team has yet to lose a game this season, one negative throughout the first five weeks has been the fluctuating team chemistry.
In order to sustain the undefeated record, improvement in that department is important and was something the Redcoats focused on during the bye week.
“The bye week was huge for us,” Berlin running back Alex Halkias said. “The first half of the season we were bickering at each other during the games but we fixed that.”
The Redcoats will get a chance to show just how much tonight against Avon, a team that has some size.
The Falcons rely on junior Jadon Folkwein as the primary running back. On the season, Folkwein is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has had three games with over 100 yards rushing.
While he is the focal point of Avon’s offensive attack, the team also has a senior quarterback capable of making plays through the air.
Dylan Burgos has had a solid season outside of the 47-0 loss to Bloomfield in which he threw a pair of interceptions. Against East Catholic in the first game of the season and Northwest Catholic the week before the bye, Burgos had his most impressive games of the year with 228 combined passing yards and a pair of scores with one interception.
While the Falcons bring some talent, Berlin shouldn’t have much trouble as the Redcoats bring a more potent offense to the field.
First-year starting quarterback Kevin Dunn has improved vastly after a shaky first start against Bulkeley, having progressed well over the course of his first five games under center.
“I think by next season he’s definitely going to be an all-state quarterback,” Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “This year his progression has been solid from early on in the spring when we told him that it was his position to lose, he’s gotten better every single week and now he’s not second guessing himself and he feels confident in where his receivers are going to be and where he needs to put the ball.”
Though the early growing pains, Dunn has thrown for 805 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
A strong suit of Dunn is his ability to see the field as four different receivers for the Redcoats have over 150 yards receiving and three have a pair of touchdowns.
Halkias, James Mazzarella, Larry St. Pierre Jr. and Giancarlo Tufano all have over 150 yards, while Halkias, Zach Hrubiec and St. Pierre Jr. have two touchdown receptions each.
Running a new offense this season, the coaching staff believes Dunn and the team are comfortable within the playbook and are looking to feature some new plays in the second half of the season.
Look for Berlin to continue to rely on the prolific offense and expect the defense to regroup after allowing 28 points in the last two games before the bye.
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