Berlin Redcoats football team returns 16 starters ahead of 2022 season

Published on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 14:47
Written by Cameron Beall


BERLIN – 2021 was a season of ups and downs for Berlin Redcoats football. Despite finishing with a 4-6 record, the Redcoats did outscore opponents by an average of 38 points in games they did win. Head coach Joe Aresimowicz noted that this year’s rendition of the team has been focused and has bought in behind their veteran leadership looking to right the ship in 2022.

Berlin returned 16 of the 22 starters from a season ago – seven on offense and nine on defense – but still entered camp making sure each player had a chance and earned their spot in the lineup this season.

“We came into the season saying we wanted to give every kid the opportunity to have starting position,” Aresimowicz said. “If they lose it on their own, they lose it on their own, but we wanted to make sure we got enough looks at them to really evaluate them.”

The two players Aresimowicz is giving a lot of credit to in terms of the team buy-in are his two captains Richard Bennett and Michael Matta. The two-way linemen are entering their senior seasons and are “the two guys we’re really expecting to pull the ship,” this season according to their head coach.

The coach noted the defense as the clear strength of the team, specifically at linebacker. Aresimowicz said they’re so deep at that position that they’ve experimented with converting some to safety to be able to get kids onto the field.

Senior Will Gomes will be the centerpiece of the linebacking corps and will have even more time to dedicate to that side of the ball thanks to the emergence of junior Elijah Santos. Gomes has also been featured at offensive tackle and fullback in the past, but the team wanted to showcase him more on the defense in 2022. Santos was the player the coaches looked to replace Gomes at fullback to lighten his workload and Santos has done nothing short of meeting that challenge, according to Aresimowicz.

“We weren’t sure if he could do it, but he’s come into camp lights out,” Aresimowicz said. “He’s played incredible. He’s running really well, hitting all the blocks, knows the playbook – he’s just lighting it up. Right now we feel comfortable with a 70/30 split where the young guy will be getting a lot of the reps on the field.”

Santos and Gomes will be two of the staples in an overhauled running back room for Berlin this season.

Aresimowicz believes his offense will be in more than capable hands with second-year quarterback Lorenzo Miele at the helm. A season ago Miele passed for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games played. He also rushed 30 times and tacked on two more touchdowns on the ground.

Berlin’s season will get underway on Friday, Sept. 9 at home against the Platt Panthers at 7 p.m.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 14:47. Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2022 14:49.