Berlin football has eyes on staying unbeaten heading into Bloomfield

Published on Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:29
Written by Cameron Beall


BLOOMFIELD – The Berlin Redcoats were able to escape Groton last Friday with a win over the Fitch Falcons to keep them at a perfect 3-0 heading into Week 4. This week they’ll line up opposite the Bloomfield Warhawks at 7 p.m. who dropped their first game of the season last Friday against Killingly.

Following a blowout victory the week prior for Berlin over RHAM, Redcoats’ head coach Joe Aresimowicz noted that he was happy with the players’ efforts until the end, and that tight games are a good way to keep the team sharp moving into the middle portion of their schedule.

“The kids fought,” said Aresimowicz. “Fitch was a really good team… Our kids really had the grit and stuck with it.

“Any time you can expose them to some adversity, and they have to work through it to come out on the other side victorious, it’s a good day.”

Berlin saw most of their production on the ground last week by way of senior Josh Clement who finished the day with 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns. 

Three other players also finished with more than 30 yards rushing in the win including sophomore Kyle Melville with 43 yards and a touchdown to his credit.

Melville is one of the player Aresimowicz has point to as one of the best vocal leaders on the team as a sophomore among some of the upperclassmen. Along with the two captains, Richard Bennet and Michael Motta, Will Gomes has also become an emotional leader for this year’s Redcoats assuring they don’t fly too close to the sun at 3-0.

“Will Gomes has really stepped us as a voice,” said Aresimowicz. “He expects full effort. He expects kids to give everything they’ve got.”

Bloomfield currently resides at 2-1 after a 28-22 loss to Killingly. The Warhawks previously ran past a pair of struggling teams in Avon and Plainville in games which Bloomfield outscored the opponents 89-0.

The Warhawks featured a very balanced attack offensively last week which was one of the qualities Aresimowicz mentioned when discussing this week’s opponent. Bloomfield threw for 149 yards and rushed for 162 yards in the loss.

Things have been going well for Berlin to this point, but there is still room for improvement according to the head coach. Aresimowicz pointed to mental mistakes, execution and penalties as areas that he’s looking for improvement in as they move toward the mid-point of the season.

“It’s just the overall clean-up,” he explained.

Berlin at Bloomfield

When: Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Bloomfield High School

Records: Berlin 3-0, Bloomfield 2-1

Last Meeting: Bloomfield 41, Berlin 6 (11/15/2019)

The Breakdown

The Berlin Redcoats have been operating like a well-oiled machine over the first three weeks of 2022. They’ve begun to receive votes in the GameTimeCT Poll and deserve credit for the way they’ve bounced back from a sub .500 season in 2021. Bloomfield has had a pair of massive victories thus far but frankly have been against a pair of teams struggling mightily out of the gate. The Warhawks don’t appear to be as battle-tested to this point which should give an edge to the Redcoats.

Cameron Beall’s Prediction

Berlin 37, Bloomfield 25

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:29. Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:31.