After a grueling stretch of practices and preparation, this past weekend, the Berlin High School football team was finally ready to start its season.
And they did not disappoint. Facing the host Bulkeley Bulldogs Saturday, the Redcoats turned in a dominant performance, winning 41-0.
The Redcoat offense was clicking from the start, manufacturing three touchdowns in the first quarter.
Larry St. Pierre tallied the first two TDs. His first touchdown came on the end of a few key passes from senior quarterback Kevin Dunn. St. Pierre then punched it in from the 1-yardline.
The second score was also facilitated by Dunn, who completed a 14-yard TD pass to St. Pierre in traffic.
St. Pierre finished with three touchdowns – all coming in the first half – and 83 total yards.
Dunn compiled 252 passing yards and four touchdowns on the day.
Sophomore Marc Scarano caught a Dunn offering for a 38-yard score and senior Alex Halkias had a 45-yard TD reception, Berlin’s fourth touchdown of the first half.
Having suffered a preseason injury, Halkias played limited minutes against Bulkeley. Nonetheless, he contributed two touchdowns and 231 yards, reaching triple-digit totals in both rushing and receiving yards.
“It feels like our hard work both in the offseason and in training camp is starting to pay off,” Halkias said.
Said senior captain Dom Scarano: “This team dictates how far we go. We truly believe we are the only ones that can beat us.”
Senior kicker Giancarlo Tufano echoed that, saying: “We definitely are capable of winning a state championship, but championship teams don't have these mistakes we had today.”
Berlin penalties piled up early against Bulkeley and continued throughout the game.
“It was tough … but we have practiced hard all season and knew what we had to do to overcome those setbacks,” said senior captain Nick Paszczuk.
The Redcoats are back at it Thursday night when East Catholic comes to Sage Park.