The Berlin High School football team struggled for the second game in a row, losing to the New Britain Golden Hurricanes on the road Friday, 51-6.
The Redcoat defense started out strong, not allowing New Britain to score early on. However, the Hurricanes were able to recover and overpower the Redcoats before the end of the first quarter.
New Britian would continuously march down the field and score against the Redcoats, compiling twenty-three points in the first half.
The Redcoats, without key players Alex Halkias, Larry St. Pierre and Zach Hrubiec, who were sidelined,.attempted to answer, scoring their one and only touchdown late in the second quarter. Giancarlo Tufano caught a pass from Kevin Dunn deep in the endzone to put the Redcoats on the board.
Tufano cited his team’s lack of consistent effort as being one of the main contributors to the large disparity in scoring on this night. “We gave up way too quickly and started putting our heads down as the score ran up,” he said.
Tufano also pointed towards some infighting between players as another big factor. “We can’t have that if we want to be a successful, well-oiled, championship machine,” he said.
The second half saw the Hurricanes continue their dominance, scoring an additional 28 points.
“We have to learn from our mistakes. We cannot dwell on these last two games,” said Redcoat lineman Dom Scarano.
Berlin wrapped up its regular season with a record of 8-2, qualified for the state playoffs and managed to finish first in their division.
“Determination, hard work, and heart are all things we need in order to win,” Tufano said. “If we have heart when we face adversity, then that ring is ours.”