, Newburyport, MA


September 10, 2013

Putting the winning streak on the line

Govs start season with 18 wins in a row

Jim O’Leary seems to be doing just fine three years removed from leaving the Triton Regional High football team due to concerns about the school’s administration.

O’Leary is starting his third season as head coach of The Governor’s Academy football team riding an 18-game winning streak after back-to-back undefeated seasons. Last year, the Govs clinched a 9-0 season with a victory over Cheshire Academy in the Tom Flahery Bowl. The year before, the Govs also went 9-0 en route to a New England championship.

O’Leary, a former Salem High and Northeastern University quarterback, left Triton in April of 2010. He accepted a position as an assistant under former Govs coach Mark Geary that fall. After Geary retired after 18 seasons following that season, O’Leary was hired as the head coach of a proud program that won Independent School League titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

“I never anticipated anything like this,” O’Leary said. “I knew we had some really good athletes on campus. I knew the football program had always been strong. I made a few different changes, inputting a few different offenses. But I had some really talented kids the last few years, and things have gone the right way.”

Some of those “really talented kids” over the last few years included three-year starting quarterback Tate Jozokos, who is entering his freshman year as a top recruit on the University of North Carolina lacrosse team. He will be replaced by the winner of the competition between senior Tommy Vailas, whose brother Andy Vailas is the starting quarterback at UNH; and sophomore Seth Harrell, who was the MVP quarterback for the Mass. State All-Star team at Football University as an eighth-grader.

Local talent Eli Morrissey, a tailback in the Govs’ triple-stack offense, carried much of the rushing load before graduating last spring. He will be replaced by another local talent, Brandon Lopez of Amsbury.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China
Special Features