When you think about Thanksgiving football, you think of tradition. Massachusetts is home to some of the oldest high school football rivalries in the country as well as some of the most competitive. Here is a look at some of the top rivalries in the state to whet your appetite:
Boston English at Boston Latin, 10 a.m. – Recognized as the oldest continuous rivalry in the nation, these two schools have been playing since 1887. This game is played at Harvard Stadium and thousands of people used to attend the games earlier in the rivalry. However, the rivalry has fallen on some hard times. Boston Latin has dominated the series recently. The Wolfpack have lost seven times since 1950. They currently hold a 74-36-13 edge in the series.
Wellesley at Needham, 10 a.m. – Massachusetts is also home to the oldest public school rivalry in the country. Wellesley and Needham first played in 1882. Wellesley leads the series 59-54-9 after last year’s thrilling 28-27 victory.
Medford at Malden, 10 a.m. – 2010 marks the 123rd meeting between the Greater Boston League rivals. Malden leads the series 58-54-10. The Golden Tornados have been up and down this season while Medford hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns in a game.
Winchester at Woburn, 10:15 a.m. – For the 106th time, these two Middlesex League squads will battle. The rivalry started in 1891 and hasn’t slowed since. Winchester leads the series 51-42-12.
Salem at Beverly, 10 a.m. – “The Game” is being played for the 112th time. This year's installment will be played at Beverly’s Hurd Stadium. The Panthers hold a 54-50-7 lead in the series and are trying to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Falmouth at Barnstable, 10 a.m. – This is the oldest high school rivalry on Cape Cod and is one of the more hotly contested battles in Massachusetts. Barnstable holds a slight edge in the series, 57-55-8
Durfee at New Bedford, 10 a.m. – Not only is this game one of the oldest around, but it has some added significance. New Bedford can earn a trip to the playoffs with a win while the Hilltoppers can spoil New Bedford’s postseason plans with a victory. In the oldest rivalry on the South Coast of New England, the Whalers hold a substantial 69-39-10 series lead.
Newburyport at Amesbury, 10 a.m. – These two Cape Ann rivals first met in 1891. Newburyport crushed Amesbury, 33-0, last year to take home the J. Walter Chase Trophy. Newburyport leads the series 45-36-6, but nine games between 1891-1914 were unsanctioned.
Fitchburg at Leominster, 10 a.m. – This matchup is so big that it has two names. “The Rivalry” or “The Turkey Bowl” started in 1894 and is one of the oldest rivalries in Central Mass.
Abington at Whitman-Hanson, 10 a.m. – This is an historic year for the game between the two squads. 2010 marks the 100th meeting. Whitman-Hanson leads the series, 56-40-3, but Abington has been on a roll as of late.
Brookline at Newton North, 10 a.m. – The two Bay State Leaguers have been playing since 1894.
Hudson at Marlborough, 10 a.m. – This matchup is one of Central Massachusetts’ oldest. The two neighbors have been meeting since 1904.
East Boston-South Boston, 9:30 a.m. – This heated rivalry is one of Boston’s best. The Jets own a 44-42-6 series lead.
Natick at Framingham, 10 a.m. – Troy Flutie gets his first taste of the rivalry when the Red and Blue travel to Bowditch field. Natick leads the series, 69-30-5.
Mahar Regional at Athol, 10 a.m. – This is the oldest rivalry in Western Massachusetts. The two have been meeting since 1894. Not only is bragging rights on the line, but so is the Intercounty League title. Mahar (9-0, 5-0) is looking to defend a Super Bowl title while Athol (8-2, 5-0) is looking to knock the Senators off their perch and gain some revenge from last year’s close defeat.
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