Boston High School: Brandon Lopez

All-ISL football team

November, 20, 2013
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The Independent School League today announced its All-ISL football team for this season

Coaches or league representatives, across all fall sports, are encouraged send their league All-Star lists to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) and Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com):

Belmont Hill
Evan Chaletzky, Jr. WR/K
Eric Gustafson, Sr. DB
Harry Kraft, Jr. QB
Joe LaLiberte, Sr. OL
Greg Plumb, Sr. RB

Brooks
Chris Cervizzi, Jr. RB
Geoff Fulgione, Sr. LB
Andrew Konovalchik, Sr. DB

BB&N
Patrick Champagnie, Sr. DB
Frankie Williams, Sr. RB
Dante Papas, Sr. LB
Matt Bonazzolli, Sr. RB
Connor Coady, Sr. OG
Mike McCaffrey, Sr. WR

Governor's Academy
Jesse Gwozdz, Sr. RB
Bug Carper, Sr. LB
Mark Hoffman, Sr. OL
James Leary, Sr. OL
Tyler Harrington, Jr. OL
Brandon Lopez, Jr. RB
Tommy Vailas, Sr. QB

Groton
Austin Stern, Sr. LB
John Beatty, Soph. RB

Lawrence Academy
Andrew Crane, Sr. DL
Kyle Howes, Sr. FS
Chris Garrison, Jr. WR
Austin Luckey, Jr. FB
Rocco Daigneault, Sr. LB

Middlesex School
Hasani Figueroa, Sr. RB
Charlie Owen, Sr. LB
George Morris, Jr. LB
Sam Carlin, Jr. LB

Milton Academy
Drew Jacobs, Sr. RB
Anthony Scurto, Sr. QB
Matt Morin, Sr. LB
Bobby Gilmore, Jr. OL
Peter Graves, Sr. DL
Luke MacDonald, Sr. LB
Justin Yoon, Jr. K

Noble & Greenough
Alex Beach, Sr. DL
Ryan Vultaggio, Sr. QB
John McCarthy, Sr. DB
Martin Williams, Soph. DT
John Keally, Sr. LB
Teddy Strzetelski, Jr. DE

Roxbuty Latin
Mark Goldstein, Sr. OL
Duncan Finigan, Sr. OL
Sean Lowrie, Jr. WR
Kevin Cohee, Sr. TE

St. George's
Sage Hill, Sr. RB
Jonathan Lumley, Jr. WR

St. Paul's
David Smith, Sr. WR
John Bews, Jr. TE
Colin Sequiera, Sr. QB

St. Sebastian's
Connor Strachan, Sr. LB
Dan Fulham, Sr. DE
Will Kenny, Sr. OL
Joe Kearney, Sr. DB
John McNamara, Sr. DL

Thayer Academy
Quentin Hall, Sr. OL
Jack Becker, Sr. QB

Recap: Governor's 27, St. Sebastian's 14

October, 6, 2013
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NEEDHAM – Governor's Academy did not lead for the first 43 minutes of it's game last night against St. Sebastian's.

No matter.

The undefeated Governors scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to power past the Arrows, 27-14, and improve its winning streak to 21 games, the best such streak in ISL football.

“We really scrapped it; we knew what we were in for,” Governor's coach Jim O'Leary said. “This team's a tough team. We know they're physical so we said 'we're coming after you.'”

The game was owned by Brandon Lopez. The Governor's tailback rushed 33 times for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the second of which iced the victory in the final minute. Along with a committee of other tailbacks, Lopez and the Governor's were able to wear down St. Sebastian's.

“We just knew that after a while we would wear them down,” O'Leary said. “We were focused and we knew what he had to do in the second half. I think we caught them a little off guard.

In the early going, it was St. Sebastian's who dictated the terms of engagement. The Arrows only ran 18 offensive plays in the first 24 minutes, but held a 7-6 lead at the break. The defense was able to slow down Governor's triple option.

On Geoff Wade's first pass of the game he found Matt Daniel for a 43-yard touchdown down the St. Sebastian’s sideline the Arrows up 7-0 midway through the first. The duo also connected on a 41-yard score in the third quarter.

The Arrow defense turned Governor's over twice on downs in the first half and, along with a missed Governor's field goal, went into the half up 7-6.

In the second half St. Sebastian's were unable to convert on key plays on turned the ball over twice.

“We had a couple of big scores but we felt we could do some things that our kids couldn't do as well,” St. Sebastian's coach Bob Souza said. “We were moving the ball; we just didn't execute.”

TOTAL CONTROL: It took a while for Lopez and the triple option attack to get going, but once it did it was suffocating. Govenor's ran 29 more plays than St. Sebastian's and used drives of 7:53 and 5:24 in the second half to soften up the Arrows.

Souza said that once the waves start coming it's hard to stop.

“They run an offense we haven't seen so it's hard to prepare for, and they run it well,” Souza said. “It's hard to simulate; that's a tough offense to stop.”

Lopez touched the ball on nearly half of Governor's plays (33 of 67), but it was players like Edward Bettencourt and Tom Vailas who were the X-factors. Vailas rushed 16 times for 46 yards and a touchdown, and Bettencourt touched the ball five times and scored Governor's opening touchdown.

AIN'T NO STOPPING US NOW: After the clock reached zero the Governor's bench, and sizable student section, spilled onto the field to celebrate the win. After 21 consecutive victories O'Leary said that he won't let his team get complacent.

“We don't take days off; we don't take plays off,” O'Leary said. “We go to work every day.”

Will Governor's win streak continue through 2013?

September, 19, 2013
9/19/13
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BYFIELD, Mass. -- Third year head coach Jim O’Leary and the storied Governor’s Academy football team are riding an 18-game undefeated streak as they prepare to start the 2013 ISL football season.

Gov’s went a perfect 9-0, for the second consecutive year under O’Leary, and completed the perfect season with a 42-27 victory over Cheshire School (Conn.) in the Tom Flaherty Bowl Championship.

“These kids have the streak going and everyone is going to be gunning for them,” O’Leary said. “We are excited to begin the season.”

O’Leary knows that he will have a tall task ahead of him in replacing a veteran group from last season that included three-year staring quarterback and New England Player of the Year Tate Jozokos. The dual-threat quarterback and three-sport star is now a member of the University of North Carolina lacrosse team.

“Tate is a player that is hard to replace,” O’Leary said. “As a coach, you don’t experience many athletes at his level throughout your career.”

The job of following Jozokos as the next quarterback of Gov’s will be between senior Tommy Vailas and sophomore Seth Harrell. Vaillas saw time in the backfield last season for Gov’s, while Harrell was just a freshman backup in 2012.

“Those two guys are still battling it out for plying time,” O’Leary said. “They both throw the ball very well so I think our passing game may actually be a bigger weapon for us this year than it has been in the past.”

O’Leary will also have the task of replacing All-ISL performers Eli Morrissey (RB), Ryan Macri (OL/LB), and Colin Smith (TE/K).

“Those guys were all such important parts of our team last year,” O’Leary said. “We are certainly inexperienced at certain positions but I like our team speed and defense coming back.”

O’Leary is excited to return a number of veterans, led by three-year defensive starters, and pre-season All-ISL nominees Andrew “Bug” Carper and Jesse Gwozdz.

Both co-captains are Division 1 lacrosse commits, with Carper headed to University of North Carolina and Gwozdz headed to play at Fairfield University.

“Both of those kids are as good as anybody around,” O’Leary said. “They are kind of like our book ends, one on each side. They are both so athletic, fast, and tough and people notice them right away when they are in the game.”

Lineman James Leary is another co-captain and University of Vermont lacrosse commit. Leary and fellow co-captain OL/DL Mark Hoffman will also be counted on to provide senior leadership and to provide production in the middle of the field.

“James is a four-year starter for us and he provides a lot of experience on both sides of the ball,” O’Leary said. “Mark is another kid who came on real strong last year for us and we are looking for real big things from him.”

Gov’s continues to get great gridiron production from their lacrosse talent at the school. This season will be no different as Carper, Gwozdz, Vailas and Leary will team with WR Larsen Bidstrup and WR / DB Teddy Bettencourt to represent one of the top teams in New England lax.

“I think Tate (Jozokos) would the first to tell you that the reason why he was so great at lacrosse is that he played three sports,” O’Leary said. “We need to continue to do a better job at getting the multi-sport athletes, as that is where the big-time athletes come from. They compete each and every season and the type of speed an athleticism translates from sport to sport.”

GOVERNOR’S ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
2012: 9-0 (ISL Champions, Tom Flaherty Bowl Champions)
Coach: Jim O’Leary (3rd season, 18-0)
Returning Starters: 12 (5 offense, 7 defense)
Key Returnees: Andrew “Bug” Carper, Sr. RB/LB, 6-0, 196 lbs.; Jesse Gwozdz, Sr. RB/DB, 5-11, 193 lbs.; James Leary, Sr. OL/LB, 5-10, 190 lbs.; Thomas Vailas, Sr. QB/DB, 6-0, 182 lbs.; Mark Hoffman, Sr. OL/DL, 6-0, 210 lbs.; Tyler Harrington, Jr. OL/DE, 6-3, 240lbs.; Brandon Lopez, Jr. RB/DB 5-10, 160 lbs.; Seth Harrell, So. RB/DB, 5-11, 182 lbs.
Key Newcomers: Connor DeSantis, Jr. DT, 6-2, 330 lbs., Zack Coffey, So. WR, 6-3, 194 lbs.
Strengths: Team Speed on Defense.
Weaknesses: Inexperienced at offensive skill positions.
Outlook: Carper and Gwozdz will be counted on to lead a veteran defense but the two will also be fixtures in the offensive backfield where they will both play the running back position. Replacing All-ISL running back Eli Morrissey (Boston University lacrosse) will be no easy task but both veterans will look to share the duty. Second-year OL/DL Tyler Harrington, from Haverhill, is being recruited by a number of Division 1 teams, according to O’Leary, and could be a standout this season. O’Leary highlighted newcomer Connor DeSantis, who is a 6-foot-2, 330 DT as someone to watch. “He came to us this year from another school and we feel like he will make a big impact, right away,” O’Leary said. “Every game in the ISL is a tough game,” O’Leary stressed. “I do not care if you play a team that has no wins yet o their schedule, they will still give you some trouble. Lawrence Academy is the pick by some to win the league this year. They certainly have great talent. LA’s Chris Garrison (Tight End) is one of the best athletes in this league. I think he may have scored a touchdown every possible way last year.”

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