Friday, August 31, 2018

Leonard, Driscoll - FHS football "Players to Watch" has published their Football Players to Watch listing for Offense and Defense. Franklin HS Football has a player on each listing.


Sean Leonard emerged as one of the top targets for Franklin quarterback Jake Noviello last fall and was one of the top big-play receivers in the league in his second season as a starter. Leonard had 36 catches for 561 yards as a junior and caught eight touchdowns. Capable of making plays down the sidelines with his speed, Leonard is also a threat through the middle, forcing defenses to cover that space and providing a tough matchup for coverage schemes by lining up in multiple positions. This season, Franklin may look to get the ball into Leonard’s hands in a variety of ways to take advantage of his playmaking ability while also using him as a good edge blocker to allow the ground game to flourish. With Noviello gone, the QB position is up for grabs this fall but Leonard will remain a player that the Panthers will look for as often as possible to keep the offense clicking.


Despite having his 2017 season cut a couple of games short, Driscoll was one of the top defensive players for the Panthers and also one of the best cover guys in the league. He made 35 tackles, two for loss, last season, broke up four passes, and had one interception from his cornerback position. He also chipped in on offense, catching 23 passes, and his speed and athleticism will be important for Franklin’s defense this fall, as he regularly lines up against the opponents’ top threat in the passing game but also steps up against the running game. Franklin coach Eian Bain called him the team’s “most explosive athlete” at the end of last season and Driscoll will be counted on again to make plays, force turnovers, and help the Panthers stifle opponents to make another playoff push.

For all the Hockomock Offense players to watch

For all the Hockomock Defense players to watch

The first football game for the 2018 season is Friday, Sep 7 at home vs. Andover. The complete schedule can be found online

Franklin’s Sean Leonard is back after leading the league in touchdown receptions as a junior. (Josh Perry/
Franklin’s Sean Leonard is back after leading the league in touchdown receptions as a junior.
(Josh Perry/

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