BLOOMFIELD – When the Berlin football players got on the field, Friday night, they wanted to win and make a statement while doing so.
The Redcoats did everything and anything they wanted in a 37-0 rout of No. 9 Bloomfield on Friday night.
“It’s a statement win,” Berlin junior Zach Hrubiec said. “We’re a top 10 team in the state, no question.”
While both teams circled this game around the state as the first real test for either squad, the Redcoats made it a point to come out early and fast.
“Come out fast and play to their physicality,” Berlin senior quarterback Kevin Dunn said. “We know they are big physical team.
“We might be outweighed, outsized, but we have the biggest hearts. I give it up to our lineman and our four horsemen backs – they were running through huge holes. I just had to give them the ball and they would take it to the house.”
Berlin’s Alex Halkias ran through two wide open holes in the first quarter, scoring on two long and untouched touchdowns from 22 and 28 yards out.
“That’s a very good Bloomfield team and we jumped on them,” Berlin coach Joe Aresimowicz said. “We worked all week with what we thought they were going to do. They were giving us – offensively – what we thought we would see and we were able to play it.”
Heading into Friday’s game, Bloomfield defense allowed just 19 points all season. The Redcoats’ offense surpassed that total when Dunn hit Hrubiec for a 22-yard score, in the second quarter.
“We played with a lot of swagger and we had a great game plan,” Hrubiec said. “Give it up for the coaching staff for putting a great game plan together. We executed and limited the mistakes.”
Berlin’s offense didn’t turn the ball over once, while its defense made four interceptions.
Bloomfield had a scoring chance, trailing 21-0, and inside the Berlin 20-yard line. Warhawks’ quarterback Daron Bryden went to the end zone and was intercepted by Tony Undercuffler, who got a hand on the ball and was ruled to have possession before it was ripped away by receiver David Robinson.
Three plays later Marco Scarano scampered 46 yards for another Berlin touchdown.
“We know we have a high-powered offense,” Hrubiec said. “We have four, five, six different weapons that can score at any time and that showed tonight.”
Undercluffer made another interception in the third quarter, while Scarano added a pick in the fourth.
Later, Bryden was picked off for the final time and Larry St. Pierre took it back 13 yards for the final touchdown of the game.
“This win is everything to us,” Undercuffler said. “We wanted to make a statement. Now the state knows what Berlin is about and we’re here to win.”
Bloomfield’s staff said head coach Ty Outlaw was unavailable to talk after the game.
Berlin 37, Bloomfield 0
Berlin 14 14 3 6 – 37
Bloomfield 0 0 0 0 – 0
B – Alex Halkias 22-yard run (Giancarlo Tufano kick good)
B – Halkias 28-yard run (Tufano kick)
B – Zach Hrubiec 22-yard catch from Kevin Dunn (Tufano kick)
B – Marco Scarano 46-yard run (Tufano kick)
B – Tufano 31-yard field goal
B – Larry St. Pierre 13-yard interception return (no kick)