The BHS football team talks shop at Sage Park Friday night.
| Ajlal N. Khan, For The Citizen
September 20, 2016 10:29AM
By Ajlal N. Khan Special to The Citizen
Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. School is back in session. And so is Redcoats football.
Following a turbulent 2015 campaign and a discouraging loss in the season opener, new head coach Joe Aresimowicz marched his Berlin Redcoats on to Scalise Field for their home opener against the Rockville Rams on a cool Friday evening, Sept. 16 and the locals rolled, 50-14.
This game, however, was special for another reason. The Redcoats were not only playing against Rockville, they were doing their part to fight cancer. Dedicated to the memory of Nick Zuk, the team wanted to turn in a performance that would honor the memory of a teammate and friend lost to cancer.
“I think [the team’s performance] was amazing, both as young men and football players,” said Aresimowicz, commending his troops for rising to the challenge of performing on a night “when we were remembering a dear, close friend.”
From the start, the Redcoats played with great passion and scored two touchdowns in the first quarter.
Not showing any signs of slowing down, Berlin went on to score three more touchdowns and a two-point conversion by the end of the second frame, and the score stood at 36-7 at the half.
BHS freshman Larry St. Pierre featured prominently in the first half, manufacturing two rushing touchdowns.
The Redcoats charged onto the field with unshaken determination in the second half.
Late in the third quarter, St. Pierre rushed the Rockville defense for his third touchdown of the game and fellow freshman Zach Hrubiec ran in his second two-point conversion, putting the Redcoats up 44-7.
In the closing period, Berlin captain and senior Mitch Maslowski was on the receiving end of another well-placed pass by senior quarterback Jack Hamel for a 39-yard touchdown.
St. Pierre left a mark on the box score with three rushing touchdowns and 133 total yards. Hamel recorded 125 passing yards and ran for an additional 89 yards, including a rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Sophomores Alex Halkias and kicker Giancarlo Tufano also made key contributions for the victors.
The Berlin defense was impressive, as well.
“Overall, holding them to 14 points and getting us to 50 was a big game for us,” said Maslowski.