A look at some of the top Week 4 games involving area high school football teams:
SOUTHINGTON (3-0) at CONARD (2-1), Thursday, 6 p.m.
Why it's big: The top two teams in the CCC Division I West meet with both teams sitting at 1-0 in the division and vying for the early season advantage.
Overview: Conard looks to end Southington's 37-game regular season win streak and make up for a 42-14 defeat by the Blue Knights last season.
About Southington: The defense has allowed just 13 points through three games, including a shutout of Manchester last week, 37-0. The Knights, rated No. 1 in The Courant's area ratings and No. 2 in the state, will need the continued strong play of QB Will Barmore.
About Conard: Conard has increased its offensive output every game this season, most recently in a 60-46 win over Enfield. The Chieftains can score but this will be the true test for a defense that is allowing 36 points per game.
MANCHESTER (1-2) at GLASTONBURY (1-2), Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Why it's big: Two CCC Division I East teams, both 1-2, look to get back to .500 and get in contention for the division title.
Overview: Glastonbury averaged 36.5 points over the last four regular season games last year, but has struggled to find the end zone this season. Manchester has shown the ability to put up points, but the defense needs to step up this week.
About Manchester: After opening the season with a solid win over Enfield, Manchester has run into New Britain and Southington the past two weeks. The offense, led by Jevin Frett, looks to rebound after being held scoreless by Southington.
About Glastonbury: The Tomahawks suffered two tough losses, to Southington and South Windsor, to open the season, but rebounded with a 17-0 win over Hall last week.
E.O. SMITH (3-0) At WINDSOR (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Why it's big: Both teams come into the CCC Division II East matchup at 3-0. Windsor, ranked No. 3 in the state, looks for a second conference victory while E.O. Smith hopes to upset the perennial powerhouse.
Overview: Windsor blanked E.O. Smith last season, 21-0. The Panthers are looking for their first conference victory of the year.
About E.O. Smith: The Panther defense has been solid through three games, holding opponents to just one TD per game so far. Kobe Stigler and Isaiah Rivers spearhead a strong rushing attack, with both finding the end zone twice in last week's 43-8 win over the CREC co-op.
About Windsor: The Warriors are coming off their second shutout of the year, a 41-0 win over Farmington. Julian Jackson tossed two TD passes in that game while the duo of Tomasz Johnson and Shaun Hunter combined for four rushing touchdowns.
STAFFORD/EAST WINDSOR/SOMERS (3-0) vs. SMSA/UNIVERSITY/CLASSICAL (2-1) at Dillon Stadium, Hartford, Friday, 6 p.m.
Why it's big: Two Pequot Uncas teams looking to build on successful Week 3 performances while remaining undefeated within the division.
Overview: Stafford is off to a 3-0 start thanks to an offense that is outscoring opponents 118-32. This game will be a good test of the defense, as SMSA has put up 105 points through its first three games.
About Stafford/East Windsor/Somers: Despite graduating several starters, Stafford has been solid. Colton Engel has proven to be an asset after moving from running back to quarterback, running for two touchdowns and throwing for two more in a 27-6 win over Gilbert/Northwestern last week.
About SMSA/University/Classical: After losing a 49-32 shootout to Haddam-Killingworth to open the season, SMSA has settled in with back-to-back wins. Running back Josh McLeggon has been an anchor for the offense, which put up 53 in the win over Ellington last week.
COGINCHAUG/HALE RAY(2-1) at WINDSOR LOCKS/SUFFIELD/EAST GRANBY (2-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.
Why it's big: A Pequot interdivision matchup featuring two teams that are both 1-1 in their division and looking to stay close to the top.
Overview: When these two teams played late last season, it was a low-scoring game won by Windsor Locks, 8-6. Both teams have shown they can score this season, so more points this time is likely.
About Coginchaug/Hale Ray: The Blue Devils are looking to rebound from a tough loss to perennial Pequot and Class S contender Valley Regional/Old Lyme. Patrick Ladas had two TDs in that game, but Coginchaug will need Eli Rivera to make his presence felt if they want to win on Saturday.
About Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby: The Raiders rebounded from a 43-6 Week 2 loss to Granby with a 43-26 win over Rockville last week. They'll need running backs Jaequan Grant (three rushing touchdowns) and Luke Denno (one rushing and one receiving TD) to have the same kind of game they did last week if they want to top Stafford.
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