TOLLAND - The town of Berlin is known for a few things, but one in particular is its football team.
Year after year the Redcoats have produced a number of skilled players: Boy Mayyette, Edward Hrubiec, Adam Salinia, Max DeLorenzo, the list goes on and on.
This season, Berlin has a number of key playmakers it can rely on, including quarterback Kevin Dunn, wide receiver Giancarlo Tufano and running backs Alex Halkias, Zach Hrubiec and Larry St. Pierre. New to the group is sophomore Marco Scarano.
Halkias, Hrubiec, St. Pierre and Scarano form quite the quartet in the backfield, calling themselves “The Four Horsemen.”
Last year, as a freshman, Scarano had his breakout game in Berlin’s regular season finale against New Britain. With five players out due to injuries, Scarano was forced to step up. He totaled 69 total yards in the game.
“I’ve coached Marco in youth football so I knew what he could do,” Redocats head coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “But we weren’t sure when the maturity was going to kick in and it kicked in at the end of last year, during that game.”
The “young gun,” as St. Pierre refers to him as, only sees Scarano getting better, especially with the varsity experience Scarano gets to learn from.
“I love him to death,” St. Pierre said. “He’s the youngest man in our running back group and we try to teach him everything we know, all the tricks and tips we know as the old guys in the group.”
Scarano certainly seems to be taking the lesson well.
Through seven games this season Scarano has rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns. In the Redcoats’ 45-11 win over Tolland on Friday, the sophomore had four carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns, both over 40 yards. One was a 43-yard dash, while the other went for 80 yards.
His speed and agility allowed him to get to the end zone completely untouched both times.
“He had an incredible game for a sophomore,” Aresimowicz said. “He’s just got the maturity, he’s explosive. He just has this confidence about him and he’s got the skill to back it up. I’m not surprised. I knew he was good, he was pretty darn good [Friday], maybe even a little better than I thought he was.”
Scarano, however, took the success in stride.
“We were just intense during the pregame and we just played our game,” Scarano said. “Overall, it was just a great team win.”
Before Scarano started playing football in third grade, he played soccer with his older brother, Dominic, who is a senior on the Redcoats’ football team.
“I pushed them for soccer since they could run,” said Jason Scarano, Marco’s father. “Then all of a sudden his friends talked him and his brother into [playing football]. I fought them for the first year because they were both very good at soccer. For the first year I told them you can do both, then eventually they quit soccer. It killed me, but now I love it, they’re both doing great at this.”
Aside from his speed, Scarano has another talent that he hasn’t had the opportunity to show this season. According to his father, Scarano is an unbelievable kicker.
“I’d be shocked if Marco didn’t play football in college,” Jason said. “The way he’s playing now, and if he can keep this up and keep progressing, I would say definitely Division II and on top of that, he’s not kicking right now, but he’s an awesome kicker. Next year I’m assuming he’ll be the varsity kicker.”
This year’s varsity kicker is Tufano who is 33-for-36 on extra points with two field goals. But after this season, the kicker position will be vacant.
What Scarano’s role will in the future is still to be determined, but he’s certainly going to be a player opposing teams will have to watch out for.
“He doesn’t think he’s as good as he is, in my opinion,” Jason said. “He doesn’t have that ego. He’s a great athlete.”
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org