Berlin's offense proves dynamic in 47-6 win at RHAM

Published on Sunday, 18 September 2022 13:04
Written by Cameron Beall


HEBRON – The Berlin Redcoats clearly didn’t take their 4-6 record in 2021 lightly based on the way they’ve come out of the gate in 2022. The RHAM Raptors found themselves lined up against a team that seems unstoppable offensively, even without some of their best players in the lineup on Saturday.

Berlin’s 47-6 win over RHAM on Saturday afternoon was a statement victory before they get into the meat of their schedule, but they’ll get there with the momentum of a 2-0 record on their side.

Redcoats’ head coach Joe Aresimowicz gave credit to the work ethic of his group after such a strong start to what their hoping is a turnaround season from 2021.

“They’re just hard workers,” explained Aresimowicz. “Whether it’s in the gym, whether it’s out on the practice field - they just work hard. We’ve got a tough stretch coming up and it’s going to be tested.”

The Redcoats got things started quick after forcing a punt less than two minutes into Saturday’s matinee. Led by senior quarterback Lorenzo Miele, Berlin had no trouble moving the ball downfield. An 18-yard rush by Miele set up a three-yard touchdown rush from junior Elijah Santos for his first score of the season. 

A long possession by the Raptors amounted to nothing besides taking almost six minutes off the clock in the first quarter. Berlin took over from their own 10 yard line, and thanks to a few big runs found themselves on RHAM’s 41 yard line to start the second quarter. 

On fourth-and-2 senior running back Josh Clement took the handoff 41 yards into the end zone for the score. A second failed point after attempt brought the Berlin lead to 12-0.

Another short drive and punt allowed the Redcoats to get possession back around midfield. A pair of long passes from Miele to senior Luke Maguder and senior Mason Memery combined for about 55 yards, giving Berlin a first down from inside the red zone. Santos added his second rushing touchdown of the day from 13 yards out to help extend their lead to 20.

Berlin’s second-leading rusher in Week 1, junior Toby Lavender, was given a rest for much of Saturday’s contest. The average fan, however, likely wouldn’t have been able to tell the Redcoats were without one of their top options given the production they saw from the rest of the group.

“We may not have that one person that’s better than everybody on the field, but we have 14 that are really good,” said Aresimowicz. “Toby Lavender didn’t really play that much today and he’s probably one of the most dynamic players in the conference, but Maguder and Clement stepped up.”

With just under five minutes to play until halftime, Berlin got the ball back at their own 35 after RHAM’s fourth punt on the day. The offense didn’t want to waste any time and Miele hit Maguder on a screen pass to the right which he took 65 yards to the house. Another failed extra point kept Berlin’s lead at 26-0 which they eventually took into halftime.

RHAM caught the Redcoats sleeping on the opening kickoff of the third quarter. The Raptors successfully recovered an onside kick to start the second half. The trickery led nowhere as RHAM punted away less than two minutes later.

Berlin’s ensuing drive was highlighted by sophomore Kyle Melville. Melville strung together a pair of big runs combining for 51 yards down to the Raptors goal line. Senior full back Will Gomes was able to finish the job on a rush from one yard out, giving the visitors a 34-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for RHAM their next trip down field. A fumble in the backfield recovered by Memery gave his side another shot to extend the lead. 

Elijah Santos wasn’t quite done with his afternoon until he took a pass from Miele 64 yards past the defense for an easy score, completing his hat trick.

A 40-0 lead was good enough for Berlin to give the starters some rest. The wholesale change led to Kayden Tirado reeling in another touchdown for the Recoats and cap off their day in the end zone.

The Raptors finally found their way to the end zone on the final play of the afternoon, settling the score at 47-6.

Berlin will take its two wins into Groton for a matchup with Fitch next Friday who won by an identical 47-6 score over New London in Week 2.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 18 September 2022 13:04. Updated: Sunday, 18 September 2022 13:07.