Mistakes have followed the Berlin football team since day one and Sunday afternoon was no exception, as the Redcoats fell to No. 1 seed Killingly in the Class M state semifinals, 49-7.
The mistakes started as soon as the game began, as Killingly’s Zach Burgess intercepted a pass from Berlin quarterback Kevin Dunn just four minutes into the first quarter.
That interception set the tone for the rest of the game. The Redcoats threw into two more interceptions in the game, with Killingly scoring off two of the turnovers.
Aside from the interceptions, Dunn only completed 30 percent of his 18 attempts.
Berlin had 106 passing yards and 122 rushing yards, totaling just 228 offensive yards, while Killingly’s Spencer Lockwood ran for more than that by himself.
Lockwood recorded more than 300 yards, putting him over the 3,000 mark for the season.
“The first quarter seemed great, honestly. We fought, we drove right down the field, [but] we didn’t get the outcome we expected in the first quarter,” Berlin running back James Mazzarella said. “We wanted to come out and drive right away and score, but we didn’t have that. Things happen and we kind of broke down.”
Berlin’s defense allowed Killingly a total of 466 offensive yards, including seven touchdowns.
“We just got ran all over, there’s nothing more to it,” running back Alex Halkias said.
Halkias, who usually averages 64.7 yards per game, rushed for 53 with no touchdowns.
Mazzarella is another leading rusher for the Redcoats, with a total of 270 yards on the season, about 22.5 per game. But Sunday he only carried the ball twice for 11 yards.
It was clear that Killingly’s defense figured out to stop Berlin’s run. With the ground game stopped and Dunn not having the best of games, the Redcoats were taken out.
“It wasn’t the best ending for my season and my career,” Mazzarella said. “But I really had fun with it. It was a good game.”
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