Berlin football to use rushing attack and experience in Week 1 against Platt Panthers

Published on Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:38
Written by Cameron Beall


BERLIN – Last November the Berlin Redcoats went on the road to Meriden for a contest with the Platt Panthers which ended in the Redcoats’ sixth and final loss of the season. Tonight, Berlin gets its chance to fire back against Platt in its 2022 season opener at 7 p.m. 

Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz gave credit to how balanced the Panthers look ahead of the season and how well they’ve been coached in the past. Ultimately, however, he said, “It’s Platt football. It’s going to be hard-nosed.

“They’re going to try and get out in space and let their athletes do the work. We played incredibly poor last year. We want to improve on our execution and we’re hoping our seniors step up to the task and lead the team,” Aresimowicz continued.

The Redcoats have been very high on their senior class and experienced players throughout training camp – returning 16 starters from 2021. Aresimowicz noted they have a lot of guys who’ve taken the field on Friday nights so this shouldn’t be a stage their unfamiliar with and that they need to be able to execute.

“Our hope is to establish the run game early and able to power ourselves behind that,” Aresimowicz said. “Having two full backs and four running backs, all of whom are really good players, offers us a lot of flexibility.”

Senior Will Gomes and junior Elijah Santos will be two of the players featured at full back this season for Berlin. Gomes is set to be taking on a larger role with the defense meaning an uptick in touches for Santos who has impressed the coaching staff this summer.

The line that the running backs will be running behind is testing out different combinations. Aresimowicz explained that the unit has been embracing their roles and “really buckling down,” ahead of Week 1 against Platt.

Berlin views their ability to adapt to the progression of the game as one of the team’s strengths this season. With veteran players starting at almost every position, they’ll be able to shift gears throughout the game if needed. 

“We go in with a plan, but we make adjustments along the way,” Aresimowicz said. “Whether it’s what we’re doing for play calling or schematically. These kids don’t flinch, they just respond and are able to execute it at a high level.”

When these teams last met, the Panthers ran wild over the Redcoats with 213 yards on the ground. They were led by Amari Robinson with 94 yards and a season-high three touchdowns in the win.

A season ago the Berlin Redcoats scored an average of 30.3 points per game while the Panthers fell just behind them at 26.3. Berlin also won the battle in points allowed averaging 23.0 to Platt’s 24.6 despite finishing a game behind the Panthers in 2021. 

Platt at Berlin

When: Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Sage Park (Berlin, CT)

Records: Berlin 0-0 (4-6 2021), Platt 0-0 (5-5 2021)

Last Meeting: Platt 24, Berlin 6 (11/12/2021)

The Breakdown

Both teams are trying to improve upon mediocre campaigns in 2021 and it seems like both sides might try and establish their offenses by way of their running backs. This matchup could come down to which team’s defense can hold off the rush longest. Berlin head coach Joe Aresimowicz has said that his linebackers are one of the strongest units on the team which could spell trouble for Platt if running the football is the route they choose to go.

Cameron Beall’s Prediction

Berlin 26, Platt 20

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:38. Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:41.