Now that Week 3 is over, teams are preparing to jump into their league plans and immerse themselves in the heart of the high school football season.
In three games, there are seven programs in the region that have rung the bell each week and defeated the team lined up across from them three times
Here’s an overview of each team and how they came off 3-0:
Agawam wants to prove that the strong Fall II last season was no coincidence and has so far proven it well.
Agawam defeated Chicopee Comp, 36-8, in his season opener and defeated Holyoke, 38-7, the following week. The program took care of Putnam, 42-12 last week.
Jermaine Norfleet came in autumn II as the first point of contact for the team, as the star running back Elijah Torres was injured and has been solid since then. The senior’s best performance of the season to date came against the Purple Knights when he scored 214 yards and three touchdowns and scored all three in the first half.
- Jermaine Norfleet named MassLive Athlete of the Week
Agawam will risk their strong start against Amherst this week.
The Eagles are one of the strongest programs from the County of Hampshire this season. The team opened their season with a 42-0 win over Mahar and earned a second straight shutout the following week against Monument Mountain, 32-0. The Eagles scored 50 points in a one-sided win against Smith Vocational on the last week Street.
Quarterback Shea Healy and running back Luke Kraus have been a great one-two for the program’s offense this season. Healy has thrown five touchdowns in three games while running in three more. Kraus has scored four goals while catching four more in three games for Easthampton.
The Eagles risked their unbeaten season against Hoosac Valley this week.
The Spartans were a young, inexperienced group during Mike Morrisino’s first year running the program last season, but the team have come together to create a strong start to this season.
The Spartans showed an offensive show against Taconic at the start of the season and won at home 42: 6. The program took to the streets the following week and scored its best win since Morrisino last season when he defeated South Hadley 14-8. The Spartans showed another strong offensive performance, making late big defensive games to beat Chicopee Comp, 45-26, last week.
- HS Football Notebook: No. 5 Westfield Revenge Tour, No. 1 Central Prepares to Defend IMG Academy & More
The program has received entries from across the list, including Connor Robidoux and Johnny Ferrentino who catch touchdown passes and Shane Becker who is proving to be a strong passer deep in the field. Sophomore Preston Longo was strong in his first season as a regular on the team. He scored three touchdowns and stormed the Colts 137 yards last week.
The Spartans face Wahconah in the undefeated battle this week.
The Green Wave put together an unbeaten 4-0 season in autumn II and not forego a touchdown for the entire season. The program was again strong in defense in three games this season and picked up exactly where it left off.
Greenfield defeated Chicopee, 24-6, at home to open his season, and followed that win with a 24-14 win over Belchertown. The Green Wave defeated Frontier 26-6 last week.
David Carey was strong on the offensive in three games for the team. The senior rushed to three touchdowns in the Frontier win last week.
Greenfield are putting their unbeaten record on the line against Athol this week.
The Panthers, like many of the region’s unbeaten teams so far this season, have a strong record with a suffocating defense and a strong offensive.
The program defeated Pathfinder, 28-0, in its opener season on the road and defeated Frontier, 25-6, the following week. The team had another strong, balanced performance against Commerce in a win last week, 37-0.
Jack Letendre has another strong season under center. The senior rushed to three touchdowns in the win against Frontier.
The Panthers risked their 3-0 season against Ware this week.
The Warriors opened their season with a solid win over Count Enemy Pittsfield from Berkshire (36:26). Wahconah lost to the Generals in the Berkshire County Championship at the end of the second fall. The Warriors defeated Lee 34-0 at home the following week and defeated Taconic, 41-14 last week.
Jonah Smith has taken the team’s offense as its # 1 rusher. The senior’s highest grade in the program’s first three games was a three touchdown, 233 yard performance against the Wildcats.
The Warriors will try to keep their unbeaten season alive this week against East Longmeadow.
The Indians have been allergic to giving up touchdowns this season. The program scored over 30 points in all three wins while its defense did not allow a single point.
Ware defeated Frontier 36-0 in his season opener, set out to defeat Ludlow, 38-0, the following week and then knock out Pathfinder, 36-0, last week. The program has won seven games in a row since last season.
Senior running back Andrew Soltys was the key to the team’s success last season and is helping to accelerate the offensive again this fall. He raced for 151 yards and two touchdowns against Pathfinder last week.
Ware is putting his unbeaten season on the line against Palmer this week.