The Governor’s Academy football team, which is 18-0 over the last two years, is off to another great start (4-0) and two local players are playing major roles on a strong line.
One is 6-3, 240-pound junior two-way lineman Tyler Harrington of Haverhill. He was a stalwart on last year’s team and is already being recruited by Division 1-AA teams according to third-year coach Jim O’Leary. The other is 6-2, 300-pound former Georgetown High player Connor DeSantis.
Bowe to be honored
Rick Bowe of North Andover is being inducted into the Massachusetts Chapter of The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Nov. 2 at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel.
A native of New Jersey, Bowe has been a fixture around North Andover and Lawrence wrestling. For the last 16 years he has given out the Ruth H. Bowe Wrestling Scholarship to wrestlers at North Andover High, as well as eight years at Lawrence High and five years at Greater Lawrence. A total of 72 wrestlers have received a scholarship and mentoring from him.
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Rushes for 556 yards
In case you missed it, Manchester Central’s Jesiah Wade rushed for an astonishing 556 yards the weekend before last against Merrimack in a 56-35 victory. A 5-9, 185-pound senior, Wade started the season slowly in losses to Concord and Pinkerton but, through five games already had 1,203 yards in 105 carries.
Wade spent the first three years of his high school career at Campbell High School in Litchfield, which is one of the smallest schools in New Hampshire with varsity football. When his mother moved to Manchester last summer, he transferred to Central.
Until recently, Wade had gotten little interest from colleges, but that is heating up quickly.
Haverhill’s Johnnie Spears continues to boost the Pingree football team in a multitude of ways. In a recent wild 53-48 victory over Hamden Hall (Conn.), he picked up 116 receiving yards, rushed for 65 yards and was stellar returning kicks, including a 71-yard punt return for a TD.
True scholar athlete
It’d be hard to find a more legitimate scholar-athlete than North Reading’s Jimmy Vesey, a sophomore hockey standout at Harvard. Not only is Vesey an outstanding student and tied for the team lead in goals as a freshman with 11, but he has a love for the Chinese language and he is nearly fluent in Mandarin.
Vesey, of course, is the son of Jim Sr., a former Bruin who holds the all-time scoring record at Merrimack College. He picked up Chinese as a student at Belmont Hill.
The Oregon Ducks have been acclaimed the last few years for their high-scoring offense, but even they don’t compare with this year’s Baylor team. Through four games, the Bears were averaging an astonishing 70.5 points and 779 yards of total offense per game. They have a tremendous running game and quarterback Bryce Petty averaged 52 yards on his 10 TD passes.
Middle school meet
Tattersall Farm in Haverhill will host its first cross country meet at 4 p.m. Thursday when the host Bradford Huskies will run along with teams from Pentucket, North Andover, Masconomet and Reading. The 3K course features open fields, trails and hills. The farm hopes to host more meets, of various distances, in the future.
Andover field hockey will get a chance for revenge Saturday when it hosts Central Catholic at 2:30 p.m. The Raiders nipped the perennial-power Warriors 1-0 last month.