TOLLAND - "Takin' Care of Business."
The song written by Bachman-Turner Overdrive projected over the speakers and into the Tolland High School Stadium Friday evening as No. 12 Berlin entered.
The Redcoats (7-0) did in fact, take care of business. Berlin scored and scored, taking advantage of the Eagles early on. The Redcoats held a 7-point lead by the end of the first quarter and a 39-point lead by halftime as they rolled past Tolland 45-11.
“I really thought the attitude was a big part of it,” Berlin wide receiver Kyle Chant said. “If we come out here with the fire and the attitude, we can really dominate on and off the field and that’s what it’s all about, domination.”
Berlin generated 444 yards of total offense in the first half with five of its scores being 35 yards or more.
Redcoats quarterback Kevin Dunn connected with Larry St. Pierre for a 35-yard passing touchdown to get the game started with 8:46 left in the first quarter.
“Anyone guy can pick [the ball] up on any given night, and that’s what they did tonight,” Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “I’m really proud of [our players]. There were a couple tiny, tiny, tiny [mistakes], but they played a great game. That’s a very good Tolland team and we took them out of their game early.”
Such as when the Redcoats had another opportunity to score as St. Pierre rushed the length of the field, but was called back because of a holding penalty.
“In the beginning we had a bit of a slow start, a few mistakes,” Berlin lineman Sebi Scott said. “But once we got our mistakes done with we picked it back up and the scoreboard speaks for itself.”
The Redcoats made up for their mistake in second quarter, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal. St. Pierre scored his second touchdown of the game on second play of Berlin’s first possession of the period. The junior ran 74 yards, completely untouched, into the end zone.
“We came out and just had to play as brothers,” St. Pierre said. “Honestly, everything [was working well]. We were doing pretty well on defense, offense, passing, running. We were doing well everywhere. That’s what you get when we play as a team.”
The Eagles finally managed to gain some ground when running back Jon Glick returned a kickoff 88-yards. But Berlin held Tolland to a Jack Brocious 20-yard field goal with nine minute left in the half.
On the Redcoats’ second play of their second drive of the quarter, running back Marco Scarano ran for 80 yards into the end zone to widen the score. The Redcoats faked the extra point and completes a two-point conversion to lead 22-3 over the Eagles.
“We were just intense during the pregame and we just played our game,” Scarano said, who finished with four carries over 127 yards. “Overall, it was just a great team win.”
It was then another possession, another score as Scarano reached the end zone again, this time on a 43-yard run with 4:30 left in the half. Three minutes later after the Eagles turned the possession back over to the Redcoats, Dunn connected with Alex Halkias for a 60-yard passing touchdown to lead 36-3 over Tolland.
In Berlin’s final possession of the half, Dunn connected on three of his four attempts with each pass being 20 yards to get the Redcoats into scoring position. With 5.5 seconds left, Giancarlo Tufano kicked a 20-yard field goal to initiate a running clock (39-3).
After the half, the Redcoats only scored once more near the end of the third quarter when Dunn connected with Tufano for a 19-yard touchdown.
Although the game was basically over, the Eagles did not give up scoring their one and only touchdown in the remaining quarter. Glick rushed 40 yards to bring about the final 45-11 score.
Berlin will have one week to prepare for its second battle of unbeatens. Next week the Redcoats will travel to No. 10 Bloomfield (6-0) for a 7 p.m. start.
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BERLIN 45,TOLLAND 11
At Tolland High School
Berlin (7-0) 7 32 6 0 - 45
Tolland (3-4) 0 3 0 8 - 11
B-Larry St. Pierre 35 pass from Kevin Dunn (Giancarlo Tufano kick), 8:46
B-St. Pierre 74 run (Tufano kick), 11:05
T-Jack Brocious 20 field goal, 9:07
B-Marco Scarano 80 run, (Dunn pass), 8:10
B-Scarano 43 run, (Tufano kick), 4:30
B-Alex Halkias 60 pass from Dunn (Tufano kick), 1:15
B-Tufano 20 field goal, 0:5.5
B-Tufano 19 pass from Dunn (Tufano kick fail), 2:40
T-Jon Glick 40 run (Aidan Clark pass), 10:23