The Berlin side started strong, kicking a field goal and holding the host Terriers scoreless in the first quarter.
The mistakes soon came for the Redcoats, however.
Rocky Hill started the second quarter with a quick touchdown, taking the lead. Shortly after, the Terriers extended their advantage after forcing a safety on a punt attempt.
The victors relied heavily on running back Joe Catania, and Berlin was unable to find an answer for him and the Rocky Hill run game, as the Terriers scored again in the second quarter.
Berlin’s special teams also struggled on this night, allowing the Terriers great field position numerous times.
“The defense was constantly put in a bad situation because of our kick coverage team,” Berlin’s Alex Halkias said. “When the opponent gets the ball at the 50 almost every drive, there is little to no chance of a punt.”
The half ended with Rocky Hill leading 16-3.
Berlin marched down the field and scored early in the third quarter, cutting its deficit to six. Quarterback Kevin Dunn was the one to score for the Redcoats, running into the end zone behind great blocking.
But Rocky Hill didn’t allow the Redcoats to make up any more ground.
Halkias thinks some mistakes in practice contributed to Berlin’s performance.
“We have to sharpen up our practices and play with more aggression,” the junior captain said. “The mentality starts in practice and that blame falls on the captains. We’ll get over the loss knowing the important games that lie ahead.”
Next up, the Redcoats face their primary rival, the New Britain Golden Hurricanes, on Friday in their regular season finale.
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