FAIRFIELD – The Lawrence football team learned this week it will be without one of the biggest parts of their running game, Nate Regalado, for the next two weeks.
As personnel shifts around, the Bulldogs’ center and defensive end Mike Roy has been one of the most important parts of their offense and defense.
Roy started his football journey ten years ago. His first experiences with football were in the Fairfield area Police Athletic League in second grade. He developed a bug for winning on his Albion-based team that has stuck with him, “we won a lot back then and it just doesn’t feel right not to win and I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” said Roy.
His teammates then stuck with him in to high school; Roy, Paul Southwick, and Paul Morneau started together and this season they’ll finish together.
In his final season of high school football, Roy has become a leader in the eyes of his teammates and earned captain status. “He leads our offensive line, always make sure they know what they’re doing and he’s been doing it for two years now…he’s the best leader I’ve seen of all the centers,” said quarterback Dylan Coombs.
As positions change and the team gets deeper in to the playoffs, Roy’s teammates say his style of leadership will be key in beating a team like Mt. Blue in Friday night’s Class B North semifinal. “I think it’s just going to come down to who’s tougher; they like to pass we like to run, I think that’s what it’s going to come down to in the cold,” said fullback Kristian Larouche.
A Lawrence win would mean the chance to avenge their only loss this season in a potential rematch with Brunswick in the Class B North final.
“We knew we have to take it one week at a time, but we knew we’d see them again in the playoffs so hopefully we can bring a win this week, and probably go see Brunswick next Friday,” said Roy.