BERLIN - The Berlin football team knew what it had to do - clean up the mistakes.
The 18th-ranked Redcoats did just that. Berlin scored and scored some more, and only committed one penalty. The Redcoats held a 14-point lead by the end of the first quarter and a 36-point lead by halftime as they rolled past East Catholic 50-0 Thursday evening at Sage Park.
The Eagles (1-1), overmatched and outplayed, never stood a chance. Berlin (2-0) capitalized on every mistake East Catholic made.
“I think [our players] played really well,” Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “The kids responded, they knew it was a big game. We only had one penalty and that was more of a mental cramp. I’m really proud of the kids. It was a short week. Going into the first week contributed [to our mistakes in Week 1], we weren’t the only team in the state to struggle with penalties and the miscues, but they fixed it.”
Three different Redcoats - Zach Hrubiec, Alex Halkias and Larry St. Pierre - were able to find the end zone not once, but twice.
“After last week, we knew we had a lot of mistakes penalty wise,” Hrubiec said. “In practice, even though it was a short week, we really focused on the mistakes. We went in with a good mentality saying we need to be better than we were last week. We have the talent to do so, we just had to put it all together.”
Hrubiec was responsible for the Redcoats’ first touchdown late in the first quarter. It took five plays and 40 yards with quarterback Kevin Dunn connecting with Hrubiec for a four-yard touchdown.
The Eagles only had the ball for one play before fumbling, which was recovered by Halkias. After a missed pass, Dunn hit his target, wide receiver Andrew Brochu with a 19-yard passing touchdown.
“We have so many weapons on our offense,” Halkias said. “We’re always fresh when we’re on offense. No one is ever getting gassed, no one has 30-plus carries in a game, so we’re always ready.”
In the second quarter Halkias covered 56 yards over three carries and two touchdowns, the first being a 42-yard dash on the Redcoats’ first possession of the period. It wasn’t much later when Halkias ran three yards for another six points.
But perhaps the highlight of the night was when St. Pierre caught the Eagles’ punt and raced 61 yards into the end zone with barley one second left in the first half.
“I think I did pretty well, I had two touchdowns,” St. Pierre said. “I was a decoy for the rest of my teammates throughout the game.”
St. Pierre’s second touchdown came in the third quarter with 2:55 left on the clock. He covered 35 yards over two carries.
Berlin will now have nine days to prepare for its Week 3 matchup against Northwest Catholic next Saturday.
“Now we’ll focus in on the tiny things,” Aresimowicz said. “Because we know we can do the big things pretty well.”
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BERLIN 50, EAST CATHOLIC 0
At Sage Park
Berlin (2-0) 14 22 14 0 - 50
East Catholic (1-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0
B-Zach Hrubiec 4 pass from Kevin Dunn (Giancarlo Tufano kick), 4:57
B-Andrew Brochu 19 pass from Dunn (Giancarlo Tufano kick), 3:28
B-Alex Halkias 42 run (Tufano kick), 9:25
B-Alex Halkias 3 run (Dunn run), 1:59
B-Larry St. Pierre 61 punt return (Tufano kick), :01
B-Hrubiec 7 run (Tufano kick), 7:52
B-St. Pierre 15 run (Tufano kick), 2:55
Rushing-Berlin: Halkias 6-67-2TD, Marco Scarano 3-44, Hurbiec 5-38-TD, St. Pierre 4-62-2TD, Kyle Krupa 1-2. East Catholic:
Passing-Berlin: Dunn 6-11-81-2TD. East Catholic: Harrison Eklund 0-3-0.
Receiving-Berlin: Hurbiec 3-33-TD, Andrew Brochu 3-48-TD.