“On one kickoff they sent a guy to push me down,” he said. “I was thinking, ‘I’m nowhere near the play!’ I don’t prefer being hit, but I also play lacrosse so it’s not totally crazy. That also helped me get used to the equipment.”
The double duty certainly hasn’t slowed Kearney.
On the gridiron he has hit all 17 PATs he has attempted, including six in a win over Winnisquam, helping the Pythons to their unexpected 4-0 start.
Meanwhile on the pitch he has already broken his own school record, scoring 26 goals including six games of at least three goals including a five-goal day against Franklin.
“All my soccer guys love watching me in football,” said Kearney, who hopes to play soccer in college. “They cheer, ‘That’s my kicker!’ And the football players have embraced me. Hopefully, if they need that last point to put them over the edge and win a game, I can give it to them.”
The local football schedule continues to shift.
Haverhill will now be hosting Dracut on 2 p.m. on Saturday. The game was originally set for Friday.
Also, Timberlane will still be playing Friday at Nashua North, but the game has been moved to 4 p.m.
The Timberlane Football Boosters are looking for football alumni to line up along the field for the current players at the Oct. 25 game vs. Exeter on homecoming. There will also be a food drive to benefit the Owl’s Kitchen, a year round food pantry at Timberlane. Non-perishable items should be brought to the main gate. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.,
His little Harley
It’s been asked more times than Pelham football kicker/soccer star Harley Kearney can count.
Why did your parents name you Harley?