Football Preview: Berlin focusing on avoiding little mistakes against winless Avon

Published on Friday, 5 October 2018 22:11
Written by SHELBY IAVA


BERLIN - It’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.

“This week was all about staying focused and staying humble,” Berlin lineman Dominic Scarano said. “We’re still focused on the same goal, winning that state championship and keep our eyes on the prize.”

But before heading into their bye week, the Redcoats (4-0) will travel to Avon (0-4) for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

“It really is continuing the refinement of the skills,” Berlin football coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “We 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.”

Not only did Berlin watch film from Plainville, but also the first couple of games the Falcons played.

“They’re a nonconventional offense and defense,” Aresimowicz said. “They do some different things, so were not sure what we’re going to get. We’re just going out practicing what we know we can run and really preparing for the rest of the season. We’ll figure it out on the fly.”

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.

“They obviously have athletes over there and Henry,” Berlin lineman Sebi Scott said. “He’s really big and a really hard worker. I believe that they just have great athletes overall.”

Schrecengost is getting Division I looks from Boston College, Villanova, Bryant and CCSU.

During Avon’s most recent game, a 33-0 shutout loss to Northwest Catholic, Schrecengost recorded three sacks.

“Avon is just the next team on the schedule,” Berlin linebacker Tyler Tralli said. “We’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 don’t mean anything if we play our game. We’ll handle them pretty well.”

The Redcoats have yet to be challenged this year. Throughout the last four games, Berlin has outscored its opponents 161-13 with three shutouts.

“Last week our kids were the most mentally focused I’ve seen them since I’ve been coaching here,” Aresimowicz said. “When you have an opponent you typically dominate, it’s hard to keep their focus. Constantly this week I’ve had the whistle in my hand more than I normally do and it’s been a lot of drills to make them focus.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Friday, 5 October 2018 22:11. Updated: Friday, 5 October 2018 22:13.