High School: Franklin head coach Eian Bain releases new book

June 22, 2022

Husband, dad, coach…author? Eian Bain and the Franklin football team have reached some pretty remarkable levels of success under his leadership the last few years, and while eyes have already been on 2023 for a while now, Bain recently decided to dip his toe into the writing pool. The Panthers’ head coach recently released “Creating Your Passing Game…How To Lay The Foundation For An Elite Passing Attack,” on Amazon, a…

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High School: Don’t let anyone fool you. Thanksgiving football is alive and well in Massachusetts

November 25, 2021

Talk of the demise of Thanksgiving Football in Massachusetts has been greatly exaggerated. You know how I know? I saw it first hand today at the King Philip, Franklin game. I am guesstimating here but there were probably between 2,500 to 3,000 people at the game. Now look, I get it. There was a league title at stake and it was a beautiful morning. Despite that, I still think it…

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High School: Franklin comes from behind to beat King Philip for the first time in twelve years

November 25, 2021

FRANKLIN- King Philip’s dominance over Franklin is well documented. Coming into today, the Panthers hadn’t beaten the Warriors on Thanksgiving since 2009. Overall, the Panthers had lost 18 straight. The losing streak finally ended today after Franklin’s come from behind 27-20 win. With the win, Franklin not only snapped their losing streak against King Philip, they also clinched the Kelley-Rex title. Franklin coach Eian Bain talked about how satisfying today’s…

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High School: Franklin finishes pre-playoff schedule unbeaten with huge defensive effort against Milford

October 29, 2021

MILFORD – When Franklin and Milford took the field on Friday night for a game that was an ultimate statement game for both teams to close out the regular season, no one in the packed crowd believed it would be a defensive struggle. That’s exactly what the massive student sections, parents, teachers, alumni and everyone else on hand got though as the Scarlet Hawks and Panthers dueled in a low-scoring…

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High School: What We Learned: Franklin 28 Mansfield 10

October 3, 2021

FRANKLIN — It was a night to remember for Franklin in the program’s first win over Mansfield since 2009. The Panthers pretty much dominated most of the game. Whether it was running the ball or throwing, Franklin’s offense was on schedule all night, and the defense played very well, too. Here are some observations . . . — Mack Gulla is beginning to separate himself as one of the top running backs in…

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High School: New England Football Journal Game of the Week presented by Gold Athletics: Franklin 28, Mansfield 10

October 2, 2021

FRANKLIN – In 2009, Tom Brady had only won three Super Bowls and was a year removed from a torn ACL. The Red Sox had only won two World Series titles, the Celtics were the defending NBA champions and the Bruins were two years away from winning a Stanley Cup. It was also the last time Franklin had beaten Hockomock League rival Mansfield…until Friday night. Thanks to four touchdown passes…

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High School: Week 4 Preview

September 30, 2021

Catholic Memorial travels to Rhode Island to take on Ocean State power Bishop Hendricken. Although there are still some intriguing nonleague matchups on the docket, we also see more and more conference battles as we head into Week 4. Also, Independent School League play has begun, and there are some nice matchups there, as well.All in all, it should be a great weekend of football. Onto the games . ….

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High School: Franklin uses a balanced attack and big plays to beat Wachusett

September 10, 2021

FRANKLIN- The 2021 season kicked off on a beautiful night at Pisani Field in Franklin on Friday night. The temperatures was in the mid-60’s with light wind which means it was a good night to throw the ball. That is exactly what Franklin did. Senior quarterback Jared Arone threw three touchdown passes to fellow senior Shane Kindred in the Panthers 37-21 win over Central Mass heavyweight Wachusett. Wachusett opened the…

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High School: 10 teams flying under the radar in Massachusetts

September 7, 2021

Everyone knows the top teams in the state, especially in Eastern Massachusetts but there are always those programs that fly under the radar that end up surprising people. Here are ten programs that are flying under the radar entering the season but could make some noise this fall. Foxboro:The Warriors were in the hunt for the Davenport title in the Hockomock League during the Fall II season. They return several…

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High School: MIAA approves modifications for Fall II season

January 29, 2021

The waiting is over. After five months of torture for the Massachusetts football community, the wait is finally over. There will be football in Massachusetts this year. On Friday morning, the MIAA Board of Directors unanimously voted (22-0) to approve the modifications made by the Covid task force for a Fall II football season. The season will run from February 22-April 25 without any real changes to the game itself….

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