High School: Thanksgiving Day – Franklin stuns King Philip with late comeback, 29-28

November 24, 2022

WRENTHAM — Following Franklin’s thrilling, 29-28 win over King Philip on Thanksgiving morning, there was some confusion on the winning sideline. The Panthers had just beaten King Philip for the second year in a row, and they’d also won at least a share of the league title for consecutive years. What nobody seemed to know, was just when the last time Franklin had accomplished either feat. But maybe that discussion…

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High School: Thanksgiving Preview

November 22, 2022

It’s that time of year. With the high school football season in Massachusetts coming to a close, you see a number of great matchups on Thanksgiving. Some people are down on the tradition, but we at NEFJ still love it, with all its flaws. This is the last time many of the student-athletes will ever put on the pads and helmet again. For that reason alone, this is a special…

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High School: Franklin comes from behind to beat King Philip for the first time in twelve years

November 25, 2021

FRANKLIN- King Philip’s dominance over Franklin is well documented. Coming into today, the Panthers hadn’t beaten the Warriors on Thanksgiving since 2009. Overall, the Panthers had lost 18 straight. The losing streak finally ended today after Franklin’s come from behind 27-20 win. With the win, Franklin not only snapped their losing streak against King Philip, they also clinched the Kelley-Rex title. Franklin coach Eian Bain talked about how satisfying today’s…

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High School: Thanksgiving Day Preview

November 24, 2021

Some people will tell you that with the current playoff system in place, that Thanksgiving in Massachusetts is not all that meaningful. To that, we say, get out of here with that mess. We still love Thanksgiving football, and we think the kids still do, as well. This year, we have an excellent lineup of games, and we wanted to highlight them here. Here are 10 matchups that we’ve got our eyes…

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High School: High school football returns to Fenway Park

November 9, 2021

Fenway Park will be hosting Thanksgiving games again. The announcement was made official today. Four games will be played at America’s favorite ballpark. Here’s the schedule. November 23, East Boston vs. South Boston 5p.m. North Andover vs. Andover 7:30 p.m. November 24th Blackstone Valley vs. Nipmuc 4 p.m. Winchester vs. Woburn 6:30 p.m. The games were not played last season due to COVID-19 but the years prior to the pandemic,…

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High School: Everett and St. John’s Shrewsbury to meet on Thanksgiving

August 19, 2021

Everett and St. John’s Shrewsbury announced yesterday that they have agreed to play on Thanksgiving. The game will be played at Everett this season. For now, the two schools have agreed to just play the 2021 season. Both schools were looking for a Thanksgiving opponent. St. John’s Shrewsbury’s 20 year rivalry with St. Peter Marian ended earlier this year. Everett needed a game after their short lived match up with…

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NEFJ SHOWCASE OF THE WEEK – North Attleboro 28 Attleboro 7

April 25, 2021

Records went out the window yesterday morning when Attleboro (1-5) and North Attleboro (6-0) met in the 100th meeting of their historic rivalry. Dubbed the “Century Game” the game lived up to the hype early on. The Blue Bombardiers struck first after winning the coin toss and forcing a three and out. Senior Alexander Bakowski put Attleboro on the board first with 16-yard run. Attleboro had all the momentum but…

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High School: What Thanksgiving Football Means to Me

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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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Quincy vs. North Quincy

November 19, 2020

Series Record: Quincy leads 48-34-5 Look at the Rivalry: Quincy and North Quincy have been playing each other for 87 years. The rivalry is truly unique as it is one of the few intercity rivalries in the state. I coached in the 2001 edition of the game, a 12-7 Quincy win. The Presidents dominated the rivalry from 1994-2009 winning ten straight meetings within that span. The Red Raiders have since…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Norwood vs. Dedham

November 16, 2020

Series Record: Norwood leads 49-40-2 Look at the Rivalry: Norwood and Dedham have been playing for 92 years. The rivalry between the Mustangs and Marauders has been one of the most competitive rivalries in the area through the years. I have a personal connection to this rivalry. I am a Norwood High School Graduate, Class of 1993. I played in this rivalry and I have coached in this rivalry. I…

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