Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I made my final three football practice visits today. Here’s a brief look at how things are going at Madison, Winslow and Lawrence.
• Madison has a new head coach, Scott Franzose, but don’t expect much to change for the Bulldogs. Franzose is a longtime assistant coach with the team, and will only tweak a few things.
Madison’s spread offense has been tightened up, and quarterback Danny Moreshead said he’s able to make his read quicker than last season. Franzose said the tight ends will become more involved in the passing game.
Madison is a cooperative team with Carrabec High School, but this season there are only a half dozen Carrabec players on the roster. Some of those players, including tight end Levi Murray and tallback Paul Dawe, are among the team’s key pieces, Franzose said.
• Former Skowhegan Area High School head coach Mike Marston is now on Mike Siviski’s coaching staff at Winslow. Marston stepped down at Skowhegan this past winter after eight seasons as the Indians’ head coach.
“He’s a great addition,” Siviski said.
Marston’s resume also includes stints as defensive coordinator at Skowhegan, Messalonskee, and Colby College.
• The annual game against Bangor has become one of the biggest games on Lawrence’s schedule, and this year, the week 2 battle will be a Hersom family affair.
Jack and Mike Hersom, the sons of Lawrence head coach John Hersom, are assistant coaches on the Bangor staff this season. Tom Hersom, another one of John’s sons, is coaching at Lawrence.
All three Hersom boys graduated from Husson University in Bangor, where one of their coaches was Nat Clark, now an assistant coach at Bangor.
“(John and Mike) are pretty comfortable with those guys,” John said.
Lawrence, which beat Bangor in the Pine Tree Conference Class A championship game last season, hosts Bangor on Sept. 7.