After three years as an assistant football coach at Madison Area Memorial High School, Scott Franzose is the team’s new head coach.

Franzose replaces Matt Friedman, who left Madison to become head football coach at Skowhegan Area High School. Franzose was an assistant coach on Friedman’s staff the past three years, and also serves as Madison’s baseball coach.

“I’m just trying to get my feet under it,” Franzose said. “I’m excited about it.”

Franzose is already working on Madison’s squad for the 7 on 7 competition at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. Franzose, who was named head coach last week, said he hopes to have his coaching staff finalized in the coming days.

“Some pretty good people have been involved,” Franzose said. “I hope to retain them.”

Franzose said he expects to retain the spread offense used by the Bulldogs under Friedman, although Franzose said he could tweak it a little.

“A lot of what we’ll do is the same system. Matt and I worked on that for a few years,” Franzose said. “We might use tight ends more, maybe some two back sets.”

Defensively, Franzose expects to use the same aggressive 3-4 alignment the Bulldogs used last season as a base defense.

“We do a lot of stunting, try and cause some confusion,” Franzose said. “We’ll take it week by week.”

Carrabec High School students became eligible to play football at Madison in 2009. Last season, the combined enrollment of the two schools meant the Bulldogs had to move up a class and play in the Pine Tree Conference Class B division. The Bulldogs went 2-6.

“We have a great senior class. I’m looking forward to it,” Franzose said.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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