BERLIN - Itâ€™s time to refine.
After another successful week, including a 49-0 shutout win over rival Plainville, the Berlin football team is back to working on the little things, all while keeping its focus on the second half of the season.
â€śThis week was all about staying focused and staying humble,â€ť Berlin lineman Dominic Scarano said. â€śWeâ€™re still focused on the same goal, winning that state championship and keep our eyes on the prize.â€ť
But before heading into their bye week, the Redcoats (4-0) will travel to Avon (0-4) for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
â€śIt really is continuing the refinement of the skills,â€ť Berlin football coach Joe Aresimowicz said. â€śWe watched a lot of the Plainville film and we pointed out a lot of the little things. We as a team have almost three hours of film work in this week, but individually kids have a couple hours on their own. I would say we all averaged five hours.â€ť
Not only did Berlin watch film from Plainville, but also the first couple of games the Falcons played.
â€śTheyâ€™re a nonconventional offense and defense,â€ť Aresimowicz said. â€śThey do some different things, so were not sure what weâ€™re going to get. Weâ€™re just going out practicing what we know we can run and really preparing for the rest of the season. Weâ€™ll figure it out on the fly.â€ť
The Falcons will be led by first-year returning head coach Jeff Redman, who previously coached the Falcons briefly from 1995-1998.
Redman replaces Sal Cintorino, who resigned in May after two years with the Falcons. Avon was 1-9 in 2016 and improved to 3-7 last fall, but they were physically overmatched in some games.
This season the Falcons have towering, 6-foot-6, 290-pound senior lineman Henry Schrecengost.
â€śThey obviously have athletes over there and Henry,â€ť Berlin lineman Sebi Scott said. â€śHeâ€™s really big and a really hard worker. I believe that they just have great athletes overall.â€ť
Schrecengost is getting Division I looks from Boston College, Villanova, Bryant and CCSU.
During Avonâ€™s most recent game, a 33-0 shutout loss to Northwest Catholic, Schrecengost recorded three sacks.
â€śAvon is just the next team on the schedule,â€ť Berlin linebacker Tyler Tralli said. â€śWeâ€™re not treating them any different from any other team. They have a pretty big lineman, a couple running backs, but you know those players donâ€™t mean anything if we play our game. Weâ€™ll handle them pretty well.â€ť
The Redcoats have yet to be challenged this year. Throughout the last four games, Berlin has outscored its opponents 161-13 with three shutouts.
â€śLast week our kids were the most mentally focused Iâ€™ve seen them since Iâ€™ve been coaching here,â€ť Aresimowicz said. â€śWhen you have an opponent you typically dominate, itâ€™s hard to keep their focus. Constantly this week Iâ€™ve had the whistle in my hand more than I normally do and itâ€™s been a lot of drills to make them focus.â€ť