“I’m definitely excited to take on that role,” Lopez said. “It makes me more excited thinking about next year.”
Lopez will share the captain title with another local, Merrimac native Danny Healey, a tight end, as well as two other Massachusetts residents — Teddy Bettencourt (Duxbury) and Tyler Harrington (Haverhill). Healey, who boards at The Governor’s Academy, believes next year’s team, like the one this year, will be underestimated coming into the season.
“We’re not going to be as big as other teams,” Healey said. “We just have to work as a team up front. This year was a great season. The one loss did (hurt), but it kind of took the pressure off. We relaxed and finished the season strong.”
The Govs suffered their lone loss against Milton Academy on Oct. 26, ending a 23-game winning streak dating back to 2010. Lopez feels as if the loss may be a blessing in disguise heading into next season.
“If we went undefeated again, the pressure for next year would have doubled,” Lopez said. “Now that it’s all over, it’s not such a bad thing to say the streak ended.”
The O’Leary Era
The Governor’s Academy has gone 26-1 in three seasons under head coach Jim O’Leary, an Amesbury resident.