By Zach Miller
In the first three weeks of the high school football season, we've seen plenty of results we weren't expecting. As we get ready for divisional play to begin next week, let's take a look at the three biggest surprises so far in the Hanover-Adams area:
1. Hanover's hot start
With their Week 3 win against Eastern York to go to 3-0, the Nighthawks have already exceeded last year's win total, as well as their combined win total from 2011-2013. And they've done it in style, outscoring their three opponents by 67 points.
Hanover heads into the first week of divisional play as not only the lone undefeated team in Division III, but also as the lone team with a winning record. Week 4 provides the Nighthawks with a chance to start division play by knocking off the defending Division III champions at Bermudian Springs.
2. Bermudian Springs' slow start
Speaking of the Eagles, they're off to their first 0-3 start since 2007, which means they've already lost three-times as many regular-season games this season as they had in the last four years combined.
Bermudian Springs' fall from dominance was to be somewhat expected as the team replaced all but one starter from last year's division-champion team, but it still seems odd to see 0 in the team's win column three weeks into the season. That team that started 0-3 in 2007 ended up 4-6.
3. South Western's turnaround
The Mustangs entered the year considered a favorite to win Division I, and they've already impressed in their out-of-division games. After going 0-3 to start the year last season, South Western went 2-1 against the same three opponents to start this year. Last night, they held a Carlisle team that had scored more than 100 points in its first two games to just two touchdowns.
Keep in mind, too, that the Mustangs have won these games without injured running backs Drew Hartlaub and Robby Harbison.
What else surprised you? Let me know in the comments section.