BERLIN â€“ The Berlin Redcoats were unable to hold back the Class LLâ€™s top-ranked Hall (6-0)Warriors Friday night, falling 28-24 on homecoming.
The Redcoats (3-3) held a 17-10 lead at the break, getting a 50-yard passing score by Jon Jon Morales to put Berlin ahead 10-0 in the second quarter. Before that, Berlin struck first with a 27-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter off the foot of Almedin Siljkovic.
Hall answered on the following drive after Moralesâ€™ score, getting a 58-yard receiving touchdown from Angelo Culmo IV to cut the difference back. After a stalled Berlin drive, the Redcoat defense forced a punt and then trotted from its own 35 down the field to cap off a scoring drive with a 4-yard receiving touchdown to Jon Dâ€™Amore with 1:36 left in the half.
A facemask call helped out Berlin in the scoring drive, and Dâ€™Amore set up his scoring play with a 16-yard reception to put Berlin on the doorstep of the endzone.
Following intermission, a 74-yard scoring drive full of short passes and rushing attempts by Hall ended with Eli Salomons punching it in from two yards out.
Berlin followed suit right after, getting another big touchdown from Morales, who burned his coverage for the second time for a 37-yard touchdown.
Morales finished with 108 yards receiving and the two scores, a team-high for both.
With 2:50 go in the third Berlin again had a 10-point lead, but again couldnâ€™t prevent Hall from answering. A 51-yard touchdown pass from Salomons to instantly put Hall back in striking distance heading into the fourth quarter.
Both sides traded punts, and with five minutes to go Hall found itself with a chance to take the lead for the first time all night. Faced with a 4th and 5, Berlin was unable to stop the pass, with Salomons finding Matt Farber for a 21-yard completion for the first down to keep the drive moving.
The drive ended with a Leo Perreira touchdown, scoring from six yards away, to give Hall its first lead at 28-24 with a successful extra point.
Berlin was able to get the ball moving down the field in the final four minutes, converting on a 4th and 20 with a completion to Josh Grimm, who was downed just across midfield.
A Jamie Palmese run that put Berlin near the 25 would have extended the drive, giving Berlin a first-down situation, but a holding call on the offense erased the play and backed Berlin to the other side of the field for 2nd and 20.
Lorenzo Miele was intercepted by Farber with 1:18 to go, sealing the game for the top-ranked Warriors.
Miele finished the night with 173 yards passing and two scores. On the ground, the Redcoats were led by Palmeseâ€™s 83 yards rushing. As a team, Berlin rushed for 128 yards.