BYFIELD — The Governor’s Academy put last week’s streak-ending loss behind it yesterday and beat Buckingham Browne & Nichols School 30-14.
While BB&N had its undefeated record broken at the hands of St. Sebastian’s School last week, The Governor’s Academy faced a loss far more difficult to handle.
Losing is something that The Governor’s Academy is not used to. In fact, last week’s 35-14 loss to Milton Academy broke a 23-game win streak. After such a disappointing loss, The Governer’s Academy knew that a strong week of practice in preparation for their game against a 5-1 BB&N Knights team was vital.
“It wasn’t just a normal week of practice,” The Governor’s Academy senior quarterback Tommy Vailas said. “Normally we don’t practice with full pads but this week we did. Coach (Jim O’Leary) pushed us hard.”
The tempo change at practice was meant to help the Governor’s forget and move on.
“We learned from last week,” O’Leary said. “We played a really good team in Milton but we didn’t play our game. We had to learn from it and just wipe it away. We had to start a whole new (streak). We had a great week of practice and we did what we had to do.”
If the Govs (6-1) were going to get back to their winning ways, it would have to be despite falling behind 7-0 and battling wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour.
“We talked about that the last few days,” O’Leary said. “We knew it was going to be windy but we thought it may be rainy, too. We had two different types of game plans to prepare for both. We are pretty good about grinding the ball out. That’s our strength so it probably worked in our favor today.”