In one of the longest and most tightly contested Thanksgiving rivalries in Massachusetts, Malden beat Medford, 33-22, yesterday. The win clinched the Golden Tornados' (6-5) second winning season since 1990, and first since 2005.
"I'm real proud of the kids, they worked real hard," said coach John Lopresti. "They fought through some injuries and were real happy to go out and play."
Filling in for injured star running back David Freni, Nick Hoyt shined in the 121st meeting (Malden leads, 57-54-10). Hoyt carried the ball 20 times for 153 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Shakarus Semexant threw for a pair of scores, as well.
For the Mustangs (0-11), Jan Lopez, Ronny Petterson, and Jimmy Richardson caught TD passes from Alex Karsco.
Big Three: New Bedford 37, Durfee 6 - The Whalers won their first game since the second week of the season on the strength of Ian Desrosiers's three touchdowns. Durfee senior Ron Thomas threw a touchdown pass in the loss that sealed a winless season.
Nonleague: Bridgewater-Raynham 43, Randolph 0 - Neal Harrington returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and caught a 40-yard pass for another in the first Turkey Day meeting between the teams. Seniors Ken Larkin rushed for a score and D.J. Ossai recorded his first career interception. It was Randolph's 12th straight Thanksgiving loss.
Coyle & Cassidy 24, Taunton 21 - In the Warriors' first Thanksgiving win over Taunton in seven years, Conor Henry's 33-yard field goal proved the difference. Henry also ran for two long touchdowns, while Brandon Scarafone returned a kickoff 95 yards to the end zone.
Falmouth 26, Barnstable 21 - Falmouth got rushing and receiving touchdowns from Nelson Baptiste, and Dillon Mansfield ran for a score and threw for another as the Clippers won. Barnstable, which leads the series, 56-55-8, got rushing touchdowns from Dennis Reddy, John Gomes, and Tony Carter.
Malden Catholic 14, Peabody 12 - Steve Sousa ran in both fourth-quarter touchdowns and Andrew Desimone's 2-point conversion with less than two minutes left was the difference in the teams' first Thanksgiving meeting. Quinn McDonough added 10 catches for 126 yards for MC.
Somerville 18, Matignon 0 - Jeff Guzman, Joel Guzman, and Kevin Edouard scored in the inaugural Thanksgiving meeting between the teams.