“He’s going to be a special one, I think,” O’Leary said of Lopez. “He has some big shoes to fill.”
Haverhill resident Tyler Harrington, a junior who came up through Pentucket’s youth football league, is slotted to start at offensive tackle and defensive end. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound lineman is “a Division 1 kid,” according to O’Leary. Tight end Dan Healey (Newbury), Central Catholic transfer Zach Coffey (Newbury) and two-way starter Larson Bidstrup (Byfield) round out the list of local contributors.
The Govs have six alumni who are currently on college rosters: Tucker Oniskey at Bates College; Kirk Ryder and Todd Moores at St. Lawrence University; Pearson Dresser at Lake Forest; Frank Barba at Tufts; and Colin Smith at Stonehill.
“A lot of our top players are three-sport athletes who decide to play lacrosse in college,” O’Leary said.
The Govs will open at home Sept. 21 with perhaps their stiffest competition in Lawrence Academy, coached by former BC High and Boston College star Paul Zukauskas.
“That may be one of the biggest ones of the year,” O’Leary said. “That’s a huge, huge game.”
The Governor’s Academy football schedule
Date Time Opponent
Saturday, Sept. 21 1 p.m. LAWRENCE ACADEMY
Saturday, Sept. 28 1:30 p.m. The Rivers School
Saturday, Oct. 5 7 p.m. St. Sebastian’s
Saturday, Oct. 12 2:30 p.m. St. Paul’s
Saturday, Oct. 19 2 p.m. BROOKS SCHOOL
Saturday, Oct. 26 2 p.m. Milton Academy
Friday. Nov. 1 3 p.m. BUCKINGHAM BROWNE & NICHOLS
Saturdy, Nov. 9 1 p.m. BELMONT HILL
* Home games in caps