Thanksgiving Day in Massachusetts signified high school football. It was a day for decades-long rivalries, where undefeated seasons, roughly 70 playoff spots, and dozens of league titles potentially hung in the balance for hundreds of small communities across the Commonwealth. Now, things aren’t so simple, writes Adam Kaufman.
When Brian Vaughan took over Boston English’s football program last spring, he didn’t exactly expect the sentiment on the “Beat Latin” T-shirts he printed up to become a prophecy.
For four years, Natick senior quarterback Troy Flutie has produced eye-popping numbers almost on a weekly basis. And Thursday, in his final game, it was no different.
There have been plenty of classic Thanksgiving Day games between Lynn Classical and Lynn English. Thursday marked the 100th contest, and a 13-12 comeback win for the Bulldogs made it one for the ages.
Wellesley (7-4), led by its outstanding senior quarterback John Fadule, defeated Needham, 22-6, at Hunnewell Stadium in Wellesley in the 126th meeting in the oldest public high school rivalry in the country.