BERLIN - Berlin quarterback Kevin Dunn made sure the Berlin football offense came out firing, and with the 26-10 lead at the half, the Tolland offense had no chance as the Eagles looked lost against the Redcoats defense.
Dunn accounted for five of the Redcoats touchdowns in the game, four through the air and one on the ground as Berlin rolled Tolland 41-10 Friday night.
“We knew that if we just used our fast tempo one play after another there’s not many teams that can stop our offense,” Dunn said.
While Dunn was on point for most of the night, at times his decision-making was lacking on a pair of bad decisions that resulted in interceptions for the Eagles.
However, the performance from the Berlin defense made up for any mistakes.
Tolland got the ball to start the game and Noah Blackburn returned the kick to the Berlin 42 yard line to set the Eagles up in good field position.
On the first play, Tolland jumped early forcing a 1st and 15 right away.
Following a pair of runs from Cole Suchecki and Jon Glick, the Eagles had a 3rd and 7, and Berlin was in a good spot to take over.
An encroachment penalty from Berlin set the Eagles up with a 3rd and 2 and Glick failed to convert resulting in 4th and 1.
From there on, Tolland discovered the ground game and capped off its first drive with a 10-yard touchdown run by Glick.
After the first drive, it was the Redcoats half, and quarterback Dunn was on fire.
In the first half, Dunn had 110 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air while adding 51 rushing yards on two carries, one of which went 47 yards for a touchdown making the last Tolland defender miss to get into the end zone.
Berlin scored on four of its five first half possessions and Dunn did a good job spreading the ball around.
The three touchdown passes went to three different receivers as Larry St. Pierre, Zach Hrubiec and Alex Halkias all had a score.
“Our short passing game was working really well,” St. Pierre said. “We executed on offense and our defense did amazing.”
On the Redcoats last possession with a 26-7 lead, Dunn made his only mistake of the half that resulted in an interception by the Eagles’ Jonathan Lindquist.
With under a minute remaining, Tolland settled for a 41-yard field goal by Lindquist and he drilled it through the uprights as the half winded down and Berlin held a 26-10 lead going into the locker room.
Coming out for the second half, the Redcoats got the ball and the first play of the half was a strike that Dunn threw to St. Pierre and he snagged it with a flashy one-handed grab.
The Redcoats drove the ball down to the Eagles 6-yard line and Dunn was intercepted by Tolland’s Camden Trice.
In the next possession on offense, Berlin’s St. Pierre ran for a 21-yard touchdown.
On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Dunn hit Giancarlo Tufano for a 3-yard touchdown pass, the final score of the game for either team.
Tolland did not score in the second half and after running the ball throughout the entire first half, Brady Gordon got his opportunity to throw the football and Berlin capitalized big time with three interceptions as the Redcoats controlled the second half of the game as well.
Moving forward, the schedule for Berlin gets tougher but the Redcoats are a confident group and moved to 7-0 with the win.
“We got to continue to execute at a high level and we’ll be OK,” Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “I can’t tell you how many we’re going to win but if we keep executing at a high level like we are right now I like our chances.”