AVON - With Henry Schrecengost on the sidelines, the Berlin football team had no issues running over Avon Saturday afternoon.
The Redcoats (5-0) scored and scored often, taking advantage of the Falcons early on. Berlin held a 21-point lead by the end of the first quarter and a 35-point lead by halftime as it rolled past Avon 45-0 Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons (0-5) were simply overmatched and outplayed, especially without its focal point, Schrecengost, on the line.
“It was a good game,” Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “We don’t love these Saturday afternoon’s on grass but we came out and played well. The kids executed and we came out of here with a victory.
“Our kids were really bummed out [Schrecengost didn’t play]. He’s a nice kid. I saw him before and wished him the best. Our kids wanted to play against him because he’s getting Division-I looks. Our guys wanted that opportunity to go against him so they were really disappointed.”
Senior signal caller Kevin Dunn was responsible for the Redcoats’ first two touchdowns, while Alex Halkias ran another in, setting the tone for what was ultimately a win after just the first 12 minutes of play.
Dunn first connected with Larry St. Pierre for a 15-yarder. Then not even five minutes later, the quarterback hit Andrew Brochu on a 30-yard passing touchdown.
Dunn threw for 155 yards and completed eight of his nine attempts.
“Schrecengost was a big focus in our scout [defense this week],” Dunn said. “They adjust, we adjust. It wasn’t what we were expecting. There were some new things thrown at us but we adjusted. We came out fast, played physical and just played Berlin football.”
Before the first quarter came to a close, Dunn connected with Halkias on a 57-yard pass before the taiback was taken down just five yards from the end zone. Halkias finished the job on the next play with ease, increasing the score to 21-0.
The Falcons only gained 29 yards on their next possession before Halkias intercepted a pass from Avon’s Jadon Folkwein. It was the Falcons’ only pass attempt of the game.
“I think the coaches came up with a great game plan and we really executed it well,” Berlin linebacker Danny Lynch said. “I think it’s a testament of how good our coaches actually are.”
The second quarter began just as quickly as the first. Three and a half minutes in, Zach Hrubiec crossed the goal line from five yards out. On Berlin’s second position of the quarter, the Redcoats scored again, and on just two plays.
After Halkias ran for 23 yards, and then another seven for the score.
The final touchdown of the game came in the third quarter on a 5-yard run from Marco Scarano at the 9:01 mark. Berlin’s Giancarlo Tufano finished the game off with a 30-yard field goal in the final quarter.
“They were a pretty good team,” Berlin corner Tony Undercuffler said. “But we came out here and executed our game plan, did what we needed to do and came out with the win.”
The Redcoats will now enter a bye week and will prepare for its next match up RHAM (5-0), which overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Plainville 32-24 on Saturday, for a battle of unbeatens Oct. 19 at Sage Park.
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BERLIN 45, AVON 0
At Avon High School
Berlin (5-0) 21 14 7 3 - 45
Avon (0-5) 0 0 0 0 - 0
B-Larry St. Pierre 15 pass from Kevin Dunn (Giancarlo Tufano kick), 9:05
B-Andrew Brochu 30 pass from Dunn (Tufano kick), 5:52
B-Alex Halkias 5 run (Tufano kick), 3:20
B-Zach Hrubiec 5 run (Tufano kick), 9:25
B-Halkias 7 run (Tufano kick), 6:48
B-Marco Scarano 5 run (Tufano kick), 9:01
B-Tufano 30 field goal, 6:32
Rushing-Berlin: Hrubiec 6-46-TD, Halkias 6-58-2TD, Scarano 2-30-TD, Kyle Krupa 1-5, Johnny McGreever 2-21, Steven Remirez 2-4, Josh Bois 1-9. Avon: Francesco Longo 7-31, Dan Quick 20-57, Jadon Folkwein 12-24, Quandrell Stewart 2-(-7), Tim DelGallo 2-1.
Passing-Berlin: Dunn 8-9-155-2TD. Avon: Folkwein 0-1-0-INT.
Receiving-Berlin: Halkias 2-20-TD, St. Pierre 2-25-TD, Brochu 1-30-TD, Tufano 2-70, Hrubiec 1-10.