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Athlete of the Week: Wahconah’s Ethan Wells

When naming powerhouses in Western Mass high school football, very rarely do we remember what resides in Berkshire County. Don’t tell that to Wahconah’s converted quarterback from running back and linebacker, Ethan Wells, whose postseason success has put his Warriors back in prime position.

“I’ve always been a defensive guy to be honest with you. This year, I’ve gotten more use to the offensive side of the ball and have had more fun on offense than I’ve ever had,” Wells said, “The transition has gone well as the year has gone on. We’ve gotten better and better and my teammates have been great helping me through the whole process and it’s worked out.”

The past two seasons, the Warriors have run roughshod through their opponents winning consecutive conference titles and notched a Super Bowl win in 2012. Yet, despite that, many were surprised after last week’s win over undefeated Agawam to lock up the conference crown. That’s just the way the versatile Wells likes it.

“We’re just psyched to win Western Mass back-to-back years. That’s awesome for us as a program,” Wells said, “It was a relief to get it over with because Agawam is a good team and it felt good to close out. We played very well in that game for what we’ve done so far this year.”

Coach Gary Campbell, Jr knows his teams will never get the notoriety that other powerhouses of the west receive. He, like Wells, knows the recognition will not always be there. One thing he does hope, however, is to have Wells’ hard-work recognized.

“I’m so proud of him because he’s been a running back and made the transition this year to quarterback. It’s unbelievable,” Campbell, Jr said, “He’s an intelligent, three-sport athlete and has made the transition beautifully. I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to work with a kid like that.”

Now the attention shifts to Saturday’s matchup against Doherty where Wells and the Warriors aim to continue as the quiet monster from the mountains.

“We definitely use that as motivation, all Berkshire County teams do.We like to try and prove that we can play ball out here too and that there is another far end of the state that plays well. We definitely keep that in mind when we play,” Wells said.

Why would Wells feel otherwise? It is just another game where the Warriors have been the decisive underdog. Up to this point, it has yet to make a difference.