Top 10 Thanksgiving Day Games
Marblehead vs. Swampscott
SInce 1909, Marblehead and Swampscott have played 107 Thanksgiving Day football games - making this rivalry one of the oldest in Massachusetts. While Marblehead holds a slight overall lead in the series, 51-49-7 (helped by winning four of the last six late-November contests), Swampscott leads in overall points scored.
Two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts, the 1918 flu pandemic, the 1929 Stock Market Crash, 9/11, and a host of other natural and man-made calamities have come and gone, defining a century, but the annual Thanksgiving Day game has been a constant, as perennial as the holiday it celebrates and the end of autumn it demarcates.
On the fourth Thursday in November, the two tribes - Swampscott and Marblehead - don their colors and gather in the stands and along the sidelines - parents and familes, alumni and students, past and future players, and fans young and old - to cheer on the local boys and take in the game.
If one looks back through the decades of the rivalry, one sees dynasties that have risen and fallen. For local high school football fans, the Houses of McGuinness, Bondelevitch, Kulevitch, Dembowski, and Rudloff are as storied as any found on "Game of Thrones". Over the past 11 decades lopsided victories, bitter upsets, and fiercely contested battles have been played out and decided on the frost-hardened gridiron on Thanksgiving morning - Here are 10 memorables ones:
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