Absent for nearly a month, football returned to Berlin last week and the Redcoats did not disappoint. The locals defeated the Avon Falcons 37-0 Friday to improve to 6-0.
During their away stretch, the Redcoats beat both the RHAM Sachems and the Plainville Blue Devils in convincing fashion.
Carrying that momentum back into Sage Park, the Redcoats came out strong against Avon. Berlin’s defense smothered the Falcons early, causing a fumble halfway through the first quarter.
Quarterback Kevin Dunn was able to capitalize on this mistake, marching the Redcoats down field in a hurry. Dunn ended the drive by finding Giancarlo Tufano for a five-yard passing touchdown.
Tufano featured for the Berlin offense on Friday, scoring off two receiving TDs as well as a field goal. The second touchdown came at the end of the third quarter, following a 53-yard from Dunn.
Tufano was quick to credit his quarterback. “Kevin had a great game, threw some great passes and put it right where it had to be,” Tufano said.
However, teammate and fellow offense weapon Alex Halkias made sure Tufano didn’t downplay his own performance. “I told him he would score two times this week … I knew he had it in him. And he performed,” said Halkias.
Halkias also contributed to the Redcoat offense, putting up a touchdown of his own during the second quarter. Halkias’ 23-yard TD marked his tenth score of the season.
The Redcoats showed their offensive depth on Friday, as a total of four players scored. One guy that did not score but had a significant performance was Larry St. Pierre.
Injured for a few games early in the season, St. Pierre hadn’t played a home game yet. However, the agile running back showcased his talent against the Falcons.
Contributing 131 all-purpose yards, St. Pierre showed his versatility and importance to the Berlin squad. Fifty-seven of those yards came from a single kick return that set up a one-drive touchdown for the Redcoats in the second quarter.
Although the offense boomed against Avon, many Berlin players stressed the importance of defense in the shutout victory.
“Defense was huge,” said Halkias. “We had to readjust and it was big for us to come out and get a shutout.”
The Redcoats hope to replicate this success against the Tolland Eagles on Friday, Oct. 27.