BERLIN - The Berlin Redcoats got out their Friday night lights jitters in their Week 1 matchup against Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver.
The Redcoats came away with a 27-0 shutout victory, but head coach Joe Aresimowicz said there’s more to improve on.
“It was what I feared it to be,” Aresimowicz said. “We’re a young team and we made a lot of mistakes, but we overcame it.”
For the Redcoats it’s their execution that needs work.
“Anytime you start such a young team,” Aresimowicz said, “the lights are on, the fans are here, the bands going and everything’s a little tougher, but they hung with it and came home with a victory.
“Our kids stuck with the program. They worked really hard and we snuck out of here with a victory. That team [Bulkeley] has come a long way, it’s a good coaching staff, and those are good kids, so it was a well played game.”
Zach Hrubiec agreed with Aresimowicz, “It’s the little things,” he said. “The penalties, the drop passes. It’s first game jitters. We’re a young team but we feel like we’re experienced in our own way and next week we’ll come out better. We didn’t really know what they were going to run with the film, it wasn’t great. We studied what we can do in the first quarter and then after that we just pounded what was good. We made mistakes but we’ll hit the film and come back better next week.”
The Bulldogs made Berlin work for their win. The offensive performance, while far from flawless, provided an indication of what will be seen throughout the season. Rookie quarterback, Kevin Dunn provided promising potential for the Redcoats.
“Dunn was great,” Aresimowicz said. “You could see the look in his eyes, he had a lot of energy. You know when you have a lot of energy you’re just trying to overcompensate, I said ‘breathe, deep breath we’ll be alright, and he he did, I’m proud of the kid. He’s done an unbelievable job and the work he’s put into the offseason shows.”
Dunn was efficient throwing 182 yards with 10-21 completed passes, with only one interception.
The Redcoats and the Bulldogs went scoreless in the first quarter. Seconds into the second, The Redcoats found themselves just three yards away from the touchdown line. Dunn handed the ball off to James Mazzarella for a 3-yard rushing touchdown.
James Tufano kicked for the extra point, and was good.
Berlin continued to bring the intensity in the second half. Alex Halkias made a 2-yard rushing touchdown with 7:54 left on the clock in the third quarter.
Between flags being thrown and penalties being made, it was almost a scoreless fourth quarter. With under a minute left on the clock, Tufano made the fumble and ran 25 yards to score the last touchdown of the game.
As for next week, the Redcoats know what they have to improve on. “We have to come in prepared with a better mindset,” Dunn said. “We came out flat and it really translated through the rest of the game. If we come out faster next week then we’ll have a better result.”