Every year in the Sun Journal coverage area you can rely on at least one football team being really good, usually two, and sometimes three.

After three weeks of this 2018 season, there are mixed reviews on the teams as the intra-county rivalry games have all been played.

The Havelock Rams, to quote former 49ers head coach and Bears' linebacker Mike Singletary, "are who we thought they were" early in the year.

Havelock has scored 194 points in just three games and it could be more if head coach Caleb King had not pulled his starters at halftime.

The Rams' offense is explosive, probably the best collection of weapons on an offense I've seen since the 2012 Havelock team and it's splitting hairs between those two for me.

Equally as impressive has been the starting defense for the Rams, holding New Bern and West Craven to a combined 13 points in the first two games.

Sure, the Rams allowed 34 points this past Friday to Wallace-Rose Hill, but when you score 69, it doesn't really matter that much.

As it always is, I'll have to be fine-tooth combing through statistics at year's end for a Player of the Year with all the stats being racked up.

The Rams have road games these next two weeks against J.H. Rose and Rocky Mount, then a softer schedule until they play Jacksonville to close out the regular season.

Despite losing out on two football games and two chances at wins because of cancelations, the second-best team in the area may just be the Pamlico County Hurricanes.

Another explosive offense led by Lamont Murray and Sayvon Tutt, the 'Canes put up 38 in a win over Ayden-Grifton and are 1-0 going into Friday night's contest versus Croatan.

Major reasons in Pamlico's power in addition to the aforementioned offensive weapons are its offensive line and defense.

Across the board, it is likely the best front five I've seen in Bayboro in six years.

With a state championship wrestler in Javon Armstrong, bulldogs in Stephen Sawyer and Yasir Jones and fellow big fellas Renato Lugo-Gonzalez and Jalen Davis, if the group stays healthy, Pamlico could be in for a special season.

The Hurricanes' only real roadblock is Tarboro and if they can beat Riverside (Martin) this season, playoff seeding should be as high as it's been in recent memory.

For New Bern, the Bears bounced back from a tough 0-2 start this past Friday with a 30-26 win over West Craven.

Quarterback Maliek Patrick played one of his best games I've seen him play and running backs Kalen Lancaster, Dimtrell Tucker and Jaquan Harris have been very productive.

The Bears (1-2) have some tough games left against Jacksonville, J.H. Rose, South Central and D.H. Conley.

They'll likely have to win one of those four to better the 5-6 mark they've set the past three seasons but if the passing game and defense continue to develop and improve, it's certainly possible.

While West Craven (0-3) on paper is at the bottom of the area standings, they are better than that 0-3 mark indicates.

The Eagles have a lot of talent, they just have to find which buttons to push and which cards to play.

Latrell Campbell, Jon Ward, Christen Koonce, Josh Crump and Tyquan Kearney are talents that any high school team would love to have.

Raquandre Johnson has stepped up and had a nice start to the season stat-wise and quarterback Trent Casey is still going through some varsity growing pains.

I expect the Eagles to click at some point and if they can avoid getting in too deep a hole in the nonconference portion of the season, playoffs are still a very real goal.

If you see me out and about, feel free to talk football. I can always do that.

I won't Nick Saban you, there will be no "I'm not going to, so quit asking" from this fellow football fanatic.

Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at jordan.honeycutt@newbernsj.com