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November 15, 2012

O'Leary, Governor's Academy ready for bowl game tomorrow

Typically, it’s a slow high school football schedule the weekend before Thanksgiving, but there are a few local players who are prepared for action.

Governor’s Academy will play against Cheshire Academy (Conn.) in the Tom Flaherty Bowl at Worcester Academy tomorrow night (7 p.m.).

The Govs are coached by Jim O’Leary, a Salem High graduate who served as the Witches quarterback under coach Ken Perrone, and are carrying a 17-game win streak into their battle with Cheshire.

Senior tight end/defensive end Colin Smith is a Division 1 prospect who hails from Ipswich. Ryan Macri, of South Hamilton, is a senior middle linebacker/offensive guard who is also a key contributor. Macri, whose younger brother Cam plays for Hamilton-Wenham this fall, is headed to the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship.

Lynnfield’s David Adams, a sophomore offensive guard/defensive tackle, is also having a great year for the Govs.

As for Cheshire, O’Leary is expecting a tremendous battle.

“They’re 7-1, play in a great conference and allow four or five post-graduates per school,” O’Leary said. “They’re a big, strong team. They’re very talented and we’re really going to have to play our best to get this one.”

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