High School: What Thanksgiving Football Means to Me

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November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is not only a day for giving thanks but it is also a day defined by family, food and football. Unlike other holidays, it has not been commercialized and in many ways, that is what still makes it special. Football has been the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving since I can remember. As an adult, I have been fortunate enough to coach in six Thanksgiving…

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Thanksgiving Football Special – Mike Lynch of WCVB discusses oddity of 2020

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November 24, 2020

If you’ve grown up playing, coaching, covering or watching Thanksgiving football in Massachusetts, chances are Mike Lynch has been a part of your post-meal routine for years now. Lynch – the host of WCVB’s “High 5 Salutes Thanksgiving Heroes” wrap up show every Thanksgiving night for 30+ years – won’t be sitting in a chair surrounded by high school memorabilia, and he won’t have a handful of hoodies on hand…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Natick vs. Framingham

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November 23, 2020

Series Record: Natick leads this historic rivalry 54-46-2. Look at the Rivalry: Since 1904, the Redhawks and Flyers have met on Thanksgiving morning and have produced countless memories for thousands of fans and supporters. The Redhawks won seven straight games from 2011-2017, but the 2018 upset win (14-6) for Framingham at historic Fenway Park the night BEFORE  Thanksgiving will forever be remembered as one of the most memorable games in…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Gloucester vs. Danvers

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November 22, 2020

Series Record: Gloucester and Danvers have played every Thanksgiving morning since 1964, and the Fishermen lead the series 37-19. Look at the Rivalry: Despite’s Gloucester’s dominance overall, it’s been a special past couple of seasons for the Falcons. Last year’s 56th meeting ended with Danvers thumping Gloucester 61-12, but more importantly, it was the first time Danvers had won two straight Thanksgiving meetings since 1993 & 1994. The win also…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Rockland vs. East Bridgewater

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November 21, 2020

Series Record: This one hasn’t been around long but it’s already been quite competitive, with East Bridgewater leading the series 7-5. Look at the Rivalry: Rockland took home a 48-14 victory last season. Last year’s game may have been, and most likely will be one of the most significant in rivalry history for the foreseeable future with quarterback Dante Vasquez becoming the all-time leading rusher in Rockland history with a…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Fairhaven vs. Dartmouth

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November 21, 2020

Series Record: Fairhaven leads the all-time series 42-36-4, but Dartmouth leads the Thanksgiving Day series 40-19. Dartmouth has actually dominated the Thanksgiving Day game as of late, winning 12 of the last 15 matchups. Look at the Rivalry: These two have been playing on Turkey Day since 1959. The Walter MVP Award is also given out after every game on Thanksgiving, a tradition that started in 1974. The Indians rolled…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Abington vs. Whitman-Hanson

Series Record: Whitman-Hanson leads this historic rivalry 60-46-3. Abington won last year’s game 27-14 Look at the Rivalry:: One of the more historic rivalries in Massachusetts, Whitman-Hanson and Abington have been playing each other on Thanksgiving since 1910. These schools had their 100th meeting back in 2010, a 32-12 win for the Green Wave. From 1984-2001 Whitman-Hanson owned the rivalry, winning 18 straight matchups. Recently, one of the most entertaining…

November 19, 2020
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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Lynn Classical v. Lynn English

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November 16, 2020

Series Record: These two teams have played 106 times dating back to 1911. Classical leads the all-time series 57-40-9. Last season, Classical won 22-9. Look at the Rivalry: The Manning Bowl has long been the site of this classic Massachusetts rivalry. When the building has as much cache as the rivalry itself, you know you’ve got a special one. The most famous game in the history of this rivalry came…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Barnstable vs. Falmouth

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November 14, 2020

Series Record: These two teams have been playing since 1895, with Barnstable holding the smallest of margins thanks to a win last year, 65-64-9. A look at the Rivalry: When you’ve played this long you’re bound to have some memorable moments and there have been plenty. Barnstable won the first ever Thanksgiving meeting 16-0 in 1905. For a few reasons, the game wasn’t played annually on Thanksgiving until 1926, and…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Stoughton vs. Canton

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November 12, 2020

Series Record:  The Canton-Stoughton Thanksgiving Day rivalry dates back to 1926. Canton won 30-8 in the 94th game between the two on Thanksgiving last year, but Stoughton leads the all time series 48-42-4. Look at the Rivalry: Usually, we keep this short and sweet and point out a few highlights over the years. But, we received an extremely heartfelt message from Steve Woodruff Jr. on Wednesday night and wanted to share…

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