Athlete of the Week: Agawam’s Steve Comee
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — One of the major stories in this early football season has been Agawam High and their 3-0 start. Tonight, we meet Steve Comee, the spark plug tailback for the Brownies who has become the go-to guy in Agawam and has the rest of western Mass. on alert.
There are many ways you can be a difference maker on the football field. Some players are known for their brawn, others are known for their brain.
However, for offensive standout Steve Comee, it’s his feet that make the difference and his speed that leaves defenders devastated and teammates celebrating.
“Speed is being fast, getting in and out of your cuts, accelerating away from defenders. Last year, I’d say, is when I figured out I was pretty fast,” Comee explains.
Those wheels are part of the reason the Brownies are 3-0 in this early season, putting the rest of the region on watch.
Coming into Thursday, Comee sits second in the state in rushing and receiving yards. Converted from wide receiver, the 5′ 9″ tailback says his off-season routine has been all the difference.
Comee adds, “Probably by the end of last year, I started to play more running back. That’s when I was like, ‘Whoa’…had more speed, scored some more touchdowns.”
When you’re a quarterback looking to make some noise in the state, it always helps to have as many offensive weapons as possible.
For second-year starter Mike Vecchiarelli, he has all that wrapped in one standing behind him in the backfield and is not afraid to use it. “He has a chance to break it every time you give it to him. It’s like easy for us on offense when he’s doing a lot of the work.”
Coach Rick Jewell adds, “Most of it came in the off-season, he got a little bit heavier, a little bit faster so he could take the hits. We try to get it too him about 80 percent of the time and he’s a tremendous athlete.”
That is certainly something Comee craves. when he’s on the field, he only has one thing in mind.
“I ask him to give me the ball a a l ot and he does, which is good. but running back…I like more because you get the ball more. I like catching the ball too, so I like to even it out too, but I like running back because I get to touch it,” Comee explains.
One would think that would be a simple game plan to prepare for, but Comee and the Brownies wouldn’t want it any other way.