High School: Thanksgiving Day – Franklin stuns King Philip with late comeback, 29-28

November 24, 2022

WRENTHAM — Following Franklin’s thrilling, 29-28 win over King Philip on Thanksgiving morning, there was some confusion on the winning sideline. The Panthers had just beaten King Philip for the second year in a row, and they’d also won at least a share of the league title for consecutive years. What nobody seemed to know, was just when the last time Franklin had accomplished either feat. But maybe that discussion…


High School: Milford runs over Franklin, 43-24

October 28, 2022

FRANKLIN — You can do all the right things in practice to prepare for Milford’s ground attack. You can watch film, breaking down their habits. You can get in the right alignments, and maybe even throw one of your biggest skill kids on the scout team. But when it comes right down to it, there is almost nothing you can do to simulate what Milford does, which is rotate a…


High School: Franklin shuts out Attleboro at home, 44-0

October 21, 2022

Image courtesy of Franklin High Smug Mug By Ryan Martin, NEFJ Correspondent FRANKLIN – In a Top-10 matchup between two of the better teams in Division 1, No. 1 Franklin found itself in the win column more easily than anticipated, taking down No. 8 Attleboro in a 44-0 shellacking. The Panthers, who were home for the first time since September 23, didn’t look like they were going to run away…


High School: Franklin pulls away from Taunton in the second half, winning 35-14

October 7, 2022

By Ryan Martin NEFJ Correspondent TAUNTON- After last week’s loss to King Philip, Taunton was looking to put themselves back in the win column for the inaugural game at Aleixo Tiger Stadium. Unfortunately for the hosts, Franklin came into town and acted like they were the ones cutting the ribbon. The Panthers seemed to be in control throughout the game and cruised to a 35-14 win. Taunton, who had played…


High School: Duxbury starts fast in 34- 21 win over Franklin

September 23, 2022

By Andrew Bluestein NEFJ Correspondent FRANKLIN – It was a chilly and windy night at Franklin High School as the Panthers played host to Duxbury in a highly anticipated non-league matchup. As far as September football goes, this was about as close to a playoff atmosphere as it gets, and the Dragons came away with a 34-21 statement win that wasn’t really that close. The story of this one was…


High School: NEFJ & Gold Athletics Game of the Week – Franklin 37, Brockton 6

September 17, 2022

FRANKLIN – If a road win against Wachusett in the season opener didn’t make you believe Franklin was for real again, Friday night’s performance should leave no doubt. The Panthers built a 27 point halftime lead at Pisini Field in front of a packed house and rolled to a 37-6 win over a once intimidating Brockton program in the NEFJ/Gold Athletics Game of the Week. Jase Lyons had five total…


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…


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…


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…


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…