A 41-16 loss to Coldwater on Sept. 6 temporarily slowed down the Hartley High School football team.
The Hawks recovered to beat perennial playoff-contender Marion-Franklin 28-14 on Sept. 13 and then controlled the clock throughout a 20-7 victory over St. Charles on Sept. 20 in the first matchup between the programs since 1988.
"I would say (St. Charles was) a really important win," coach Brad Burchfield said. "For a long time (we've) been the little brother, and I'm really proud of this program. When all is said and done, I think the thing I'll be most proud of is that we've been able to play with these bigger CCL schools."
Hartley takes a 3-1 record into its first matchup against Pittsburgh Perry, which visits Friday, Sept. 27.
The Commodores went 8-3 a year ago and beat Pittsburgh Carrick 23-6 on Sept. 20 to improve to 2-2.
Against St. Charles, Hartley had 401 yards of offense and held the ball in the third quarter for all but three plays from scrimmage.