George Barry literally became the football player he is today.
“My first season I was undersized at 5ft 2in and 130lbs,” he said. “I tossed around a bit, but I survived.”
Flash is three years ahead and Barry is now 5-9 and 160 with a ton of skills as a central midfielder at Old Rochester Regional that have made him stand out this season as the Football Player of the Year at the Standard-Times.
“He’s played really well his last two seasons,” said ORR coach Mike Devoll. “He has a real presence on the pitch and you can see it in the way he behaves. He’s the best offensive playmaker we’ve had in recent years and he’s the smartest player I have ever had. never trained. “
Barry played with the poise and confidence of a veteran last season and did everything asked of him, and more, on both sides of the ball as Old Rochester reached the Div. 3 round of 16.
“He is just solid in all aspects of the game and he set a good example for his teammates with his work ethic and leadership,” said Devoll. “He’s a great playmaker who knows where and when to distribute the ball and it’s like having a coach on the pitch when he’s out there.”
Football is a year-round sport for Barry, who plays for Liverpool Academy, a Plymouth-based club team.
“I was four or five when I first started playing and I’ve always loved the game,” said Barry, a four-year-old and two-time CSC All-Star starter for the Bulldogs. “I played baseball and basketball when I was younger, but football is the sport I grew to become attached to. “
Devoll, who is also the director of ORR, just completed his ninth season on his second stint as Bulldogs head coach and Barry said it was special to be a part of the overall football schedule of school.
“The kids are growing up playing soccer in Mattapoisett and the high school teams have a great feeding system in place,” Barry said. “Coach Devoll is a guy I enjoyed playing for. He cares about his players and he expects a lot from them. He holds everyone accountable. It’s the same with the women’s team. L coach (Jeff) Lombard has done a great job of building his schedule and it means a lot that people associate Old Rochester with great football teams. ”
The past four seasons have been gone for Barry, who said the Bulldogs have made a lot of progress on and off the field.
“We had a group of guys who were willing to work and do anything to help the team be successful,” he said. “We had a great chemistry together and we’re friends off the pitch. It was a family-like atmosphere and I’ll miss not being here next season.”
For all the preparations needed to become a good soccer player, Barry will be mostly missed by the mental part of the game.
“Football is a thinking man’s game. You have to be focused, anticipate and prepare for all kinds of different scenarios,” he said. “You have to be smart, strong, and resilient.”
ALL ABOUT GEORGE BARRY
WHY IT WAS SELECTED: Shined for the Bulldogs as a dynamic central midfielder who controlled the midfield and helped put the team’s offense in motion with his playmaking skills. Played with great vision and taken from good decisions. Always been in position, won a lot of midfield balls and came out on top, most often, on 50-50 balls across the court. Led the Bulldogs in assists in his last two seasons.
KEY STATISTICS: Scored six goals and had 18 assists to earn Eastern Mass All-Star honors. and the South Coast Conference.
MOMENT MVP: Scored what turned out to be the game winner from a corner kick in a hard-fought 2-0 non-conference victory at Dartmouth in the regular season.
APPONEQUET COACH TOM COUET: George seemed to have a non-stop driving force in midfield. He had the skills, knowledge of the terrain and the technical ability to be a concern for an opposing coach. In a very competitive South Coast Conference, he was the one of the best players you had to take into account when planning your match. “
REMARKS: Barry is hoping to continue playing college football, with Bridgewater State, Keene State and Salem State in the mix. He plans to specialize in secondary education focusing on teaching Spanish. Enjoys playing golf at Reservation Golf Club in his hometown of Mattapoisett.