By Steve Watson
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 05, 2019
MILFORD SCARLET HAWKS (0-0) AT FRANKLIN PANTHERS (0-0)
Overall PF PA Streak
Milford 0-0 0 0 N/A
Franklin 0-0 0 0 N/A
2019 Team Schedules/Results
Thu 09/05 Milford Thu 09/05 @ Franklin
Sat 09/14 @ Andover Sat 09/14 Attleboro
Fri 09/27 King Phillip Fri 09/27 @ Sharon
Sat 10/05 @ Oliver Ames Fri 10/04 North Attleboro
Fri 10/11 Mansfield Fri 10/11 @ Canton
Fri 10/18 @ Attleboro Fri 10/18 Stoughton
Fri 10/25 Taunton Fri 10/25 Foxboro
Weeks 9/10/11 Playoffs Weeks 9/10/11 Playoffs
Thu 11/28 @ King Phillip Thu 11/28 @ Maynard
-Milford & Franklin square off to start the 2019 Season. This is the first football game in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2019.
-The two teams were originally scheduled to play this game in Week 2 on September 20.
-Friday Night Lights were not an option for this week, as Dean College has rented out the turf and will be hosting Nichols College on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Series History Since 2004
09/17/04 @ Franklin Franklin 21-6
09/16/05 @ Milford Franklin 48-14
09/15/06 @ Franklin Franklin 21-14
09/14/07 @ Milford Franklin 38-0
09/19/08 @ Franklin Franklin 18-7
09/17/09 @ Milford Franklin 32-9
09/10/10 @ Franklin Franklin 16-0
09/09/11 @ Franklin Franklin 24-8
09/07/12 @ Milford Franklin 27-2
09/18/15 @ Franklin Franklin 24-21
09/16/16 @ Milford Milford 35-7
09/15/17 @ Milford Franklin 28-10
09/14/18 @ Milford Franklin 21-0
-These teams opened the 2010, 2011 & 2012 seasons against each other. Franklin won all 3 and outscored Milford 57-10 in the process.
-The last 3 games in the series have been played in Milford. 2016 & 2018 were scheduled to be played there, 2017 was moved to Milford 8 days prior to the game due to incomplete field/turf construction at Franklin High School.
-Milford’s last win in Franklin was in 1996
-Prior to 09/16/16, Milford hadn’t beaten Franklin since 09/14/01
-Franklin was Milford’s first opponent on their new turf field in 2012.
101.3 MyFM Trivia Question
When was the last time Milford & franklin squared off to open a season?
Trivia Answer: B. 2012
-Both teams had their Week 1-A games moved due to the EEE threat plaguing a good chunk of the Commonwealth. Franklin will travel to Andover next Saturday and Milford will host Attleboro next Saturday.
Milford Under The Microscope
-Milford starts their season on the road for the 3rdconsecutive season
-Milford hasn’t won a season opener since 2015 (also their last Week 1 road win)
-The team has started each of the last two seasons with an 0-2 mark. They look to change that in 2019.
-Head Coach Anthony Vizakis enters his 3rdyear in the position. His 3rdseason starts in the town he works in (Franklin), as he is a Computer Science teacher at Horace Mann Middle School.
-Robb McCoy takes over as Defensive Coordinator
-Colby Pires returns at QB. He threw for 22 TDs and 2300 yards in 2018.
-His 22 TDs last year were good for 2ndmost in the Hockomock League
-Pires & FB/LB CJ Cerrella were named Captains
-Cerrella is also a key force defensively
-RB Luke Rosa looks to be a force in the backfield (7 TD last year) and on defense. Hockomocksports.com speculates that he’ll have a big year on both sides of the ball.
-The Scarlet Hawks lost the majority of their receiving corp but look for Danny Farrell, Carter Scudo, Herrick Louis, Max Martin, Kevin O’Connor and Matt Varteresian to potentially haul in passes
-Look for Louis, O’Connor, Martin & Varteresian to play key roles on defense as well
-Offensive line will consist of Nick Yohn, Dom Schofield, Mario Lee and Dom Stallbaum, amongst others.
Figuring Out Franklin
-Coach Eian Bain returns for his 4thseason at the helm
-The team beat Brockton in the Division 1 South Playoffs last season before falling to powerhouse Xaverian.
-WR Jack Nally returns to the squad. He has been one of the best receiver in the state during his playing career. Nally tallied 922 total yards in 2018 and also had 350 return yards.
-Nally recently announced his commitment to Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He will play both baseball and football there. Wesleyan is also the alma mater of Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.
-Defensively look for LB Evan Wertz to be the centerpiece. He had 122 tackles in 11 games last season (average of 11 per game) including 45 solo stops and 10 tackles for a loss. He also had 3 pass breakups to go along with an interception.
-Franklin’s starting QB will be Thomas Gasbarro, replacing 2019 Franklin HS Graduate Nick Gordon
-The Panthers are the #12 team in the pre-season ranking published by massvarsity.com
-Franklin is vying for their first Hockomock title since 2009
-The Panthers have never won the Kelley-Rex Division since it’s 2010 inception.
-Only 3 teams have never won a Hockomock League title: Attleboro, Milford and Taunton
-Thanksgiving may be a long way off, but Milford did announce over the summer that they will play Taunton on Thanksgiving in 2020 and beyond. The story was first reported on myFM by Steve Watson on the July 13th Sports Buzz show.
-Taunton is coached by longtime Franklin coach Brad Sidwell
-Meanwhile, Franklin has played King Phillip on Thanksgiving for decades and will continue to do so.