Berlin football draws Watertown in first round of playoffs as only area team to make postseason

Published on Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:48
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN - With the regular season over, the Berlin football team is getting ready for the playoffs.

The Redcoats are the only local team entering the playoffs this season.

Berlin is seeded fourth in Class M and will play fifth-seeded Watertown at home on Tuesday.

Last year the Redcoats played Valley Regional/Old Lyme in the first round and lost 30-12.

Berlin is looking to prove it is worthy of the playoff recognition with only one win coming against a winning team.

The Redcoats will be able to see what first-year quarterback Kevin Dunn can do in playoff action as he looks to help Berlin secure a state championship as a junior.

Other key players that must be on top of their game in order for the Redcoats to make a deep postseason run include sophomore defensive lineman and running back Zach Hrubiec, junior running back and linebacker Alex Halkias, sophomore running back and wide receiver Larry St. Pierre and senior running back and linebacker James Mazzarella.

Berlin’s opponent, Watertown, is equally matched in terms of opponents beat, as it has yet to beat a winning team.

The Indians’ two best wins have come against a pair of 5-5 teams, Woodland and Wolcott.

The two quality losses came against St. Paul (7-3) and Naugatuck (9-1) as both beat Watertown earlier this season.

The Redcoats had their biggest test of the season when they took on Bloomfield.

Berlin came out on top in that game, 23-14.

To go along with the quality win over the Warhawks, Berlin has also beaten a pair of 5-5 teams in RHAM and Plainville.

As for the other teams in the Class M playoffs, No. 1 seeded Killingly will play No. 8 Jonathan Law, No. 2 seed Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman will play No. 7 SMSA/ University/ Classical and No. 3 Sheehan will see No. 6 Joel Barlow.

While the season continues for the Redcoats, Southington got eliminated from the Class LL playoffs even though the Blue Knights finished their season with an 8-2 record.

A Fairfield Prep win and then Sheehan winning its final game of the season Thursday eliminated any chance the Blue Knights had of making the playoffs, even though they finish the regular season with the same record as both No. 7 West Haven and No. 8 Fairfield Prep.

The Blue Knights had quality wins over Simsbury and Cheshire during the season but lost to quality teams in No. 6 East Hartford and No. 4 South Windsor.

Southington will lose key seniors in quarterback Will Barmore and running back Ryan Montalvo as both have played their last down for the Blue Knights.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports, Southington on Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:48. Updated: Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:51.