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Berlin JV Football Caps Off Unbeaten Season with Blowout Victory.

Redcoats hand it to New Britain junior varsity, 38-0.

Wrapping up an undefeated season, Berlin JV football downed its New Britain High counterpart, on Friday at Sage Park, 38-0. The late fall afternoon game, played in front of a large contingent of Berlin High football coaches and varsity players , ended under the lights. The JV team, coached by Mike Mendoza, ended 8-0 on the season. New Britain fell to 5-4.

Berlin’s defense led the way, limiting New Britain to only two first downs, both of which were the result of penalties. Nate Campbell intercepted two New Britain passes, and also scored a defensive touchdown, locating a fumble caused by Devin Reilly and running into the end zone from 10 yards out.

The Redcoats’ front seven won the battle at the line of the scrimmage throughout the game. Defensive linemen Billy Conticello, Mike Burek, Ron Cadogan and Reilly, were ably backed up by linebackers/ends Joe Inturri, Anthony Sisti, Jack Strafstrom, Dan McLeod and Jonathan Platosz.
Eric Garcia’s 20-yard run set up the first Berlin touchdown, a short run by Sisti. Fullback McLeod scored next for Berlin, punctuating his touchdown with a conversion pass from Alec Norton.

Two Norton TD passes - to Campbell and then Connor Morrin - gave Berlin a comfortable halftime lead. Garcia contributed a 16-yard run to help set up the latter.

With time running out in the first half, Norton hit Connor Morrin on a slant pass to give Berlin a comfortable halftime lead. Garcia contributed a 16-yard run on this drive, with Jake Eliades adding the two-point conversion.

Berlin outscored opponents this year 259-32, including victories over two Class LL schools, Southington and New Britain.

The JV’s team only loss in the last three seasons was at the hands of Rocky Hill in 2011. The core of 2010 JV team are now seniors on the Redcoats’ varsity’s 8-1 team. It is anticipated that many of this year’s JV team will make up next year’s varsity starting lineup.

Berlin has defeated New Britain in both sub-varsity games as a lead-up to the Thanksgiving Eve clash at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium in New Britain. Thursday’s freshman game ended in a 24-22 Berlin victory.

NB Parent November 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I've never seen a team 'head butt' as much as this team. Both at the Freshman and JV level. Way to go Berlin coaches. Way to cheer on your team when they receive a personal foul call. We will remain Hard Hittin' 4ever. Eventually these refs will watch your players instead of the ultimate reaction of NB boys. Your own fans were disgusted with your Freshman squad and coaches. Y'all should be ashamed of yourselves.
WIlliam Belichick November 20, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I am coach Bill Belichick of the New England patriots. I watched that game, and every single one of the Berlin hits was fair and legal. Maybe the soft New Britain players should get out of the kitchen if they can't take the heat. I know that whenever I scrimmage my offense against the defense, I let Vince Wilfork and the rest of the defense take shots on Tom Brady so he knows how to become a man. GO BERLIN! THE SECOND BEST TEAM (after the patriots of course) IN THE NATION! Believe me, I know a thing or two about coaching.

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