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Thanksgiving Day football rivalry: vote for Needham v. Wellesley in USA TODAY contest

Posted by Evan Allen  November 21, 2012 11:56 AM

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Will you be yelling and screaming at the Needham v. Wellesley High School Thanksgiving Day football game tomorrow?

If the 130-year-old face-off is a Thanksgiving staple of your holiday, head over to the USA TODAY's 'Best Rivalry' contest and cast your vote for Needham-Wellesley - and the chance for the two districts to win $10,000 in the national championship.

In Massachusetts, Needham v. Wellesley High is up against Salem v. Beverly and St. John's Prep v. Xaverian.

According to USA TODAY, the Needham v. Wellesley game started in 1882, which Wellesley won 4-0. The two towns have only missed seven games - four of those because of World War I. Wellesley currently holds the edge, according to USA TODAY, with a 59-57-9 record, but Needham has won the last two.

Voting for the state winners ends at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, and the winner will advance to the regional, then the national competition. USA Today Sports will report live on the winning rivalry's 2013 Thanksgiving Day game.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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