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13 most interesting games today — 8:30 am

Between coaches confronting their alma mater, players battling familiar foes, and seniors looking to solidify their storied career with another milestone, there’s no shortage of storylines on the gridiron this Thanksgiving.

Wellesley at Needham (135th meeting) – The nation’s oldest public school rivalry is always played with an advantage. A skirmish broke out near the end of the 2019 meeting, and Wellesley earned a narrow 34-28 victory in overtime last Thanksgiving to take a 65-60-9 lead in the series.

Billerica in Chelmsford (96th meeting) — These teams need little extra incentive, but the MVC Small title is at stake in this classic rivalry for the first time since 2005. Chelmsford is 30 points from the school record for points in a season, and Billerica quarterback JT Green is leading 1,000 yards past and rushing. Chelmsford leads the overall series 62-28-5 as they play Thanksgiving for the 91st time.

Attleboro at North Attleborough (101st meeting) – After 10 years of coaching at Attleboro, Michael Strachan is moving to his alma mater. His Rocketeers suffered a disappointing 31-24 loss to Wakefield in the Division 3 State semifinals but have a 62-30-8 advantage in the rivalry.

Mansfield at Foxborough (91st meeting) – Mansfield (8-2, 3-0) have picked up three league wins this season after moving to the Hockomock Davenport Division, but Foxborough (6-5, 3-0) are looking to wrest the league title from the visiting Hornets.

Wakefield at Melrose (112th meeting) – Wakefield coach John Rafferty (’70) marches his alma mater to the Super Bowl after the first 11-0 start in program history. Rafferty coached at Melrose from 1992 to 2000 and Wakefield AD Brendan Kent was one of five brothers to play football at Melrose. Kent’s father, Jim, has been an assistant at Melrose for 22 years. Wakefield has a 32-26-3 advantage at Thanksgiving meetings, but Melrose (62-42-7) leads the all-time streak.

Woburn in Winchester (121st meeting) — Last year, 1-8 Winchester 7-2 Woburn gave an exciting finish in front of the largest crowd to attend a high school game in Fenway. In 2018, these rivals played to double overtime and the all-time streak is very tight as Winchester has a 55-53-12 advantage.

English/New Mission in Boston Latin (135th meeting) — The oldest continuous rivalry before the forced break in 2020 returned as English scored a record 66 points in a win over Latin. Prior to this feat, Latin had won 52 of the previous 57 encounters to open an 83-38-13 lead.

Peabody in Saugus (75th meeting) – Tanners senior quarterback Shea Lynch can break his own season records for yards and touchdowns, and he only needs one more touchdown pass to break the Northeastern Conference career record. Junior Eli Batista is also on track to break his own season records for yards and touchdowns as Peabody looks to extend his 47-27 lead in the series.

Amesbury in Newburyport (99th meeting) — Amesbury (8-2, 5-1) can secure at least part of the Cape Ann League title by beating Newburyport (6-4, 4-2) in what would also mean their 41st win in the rivalry. North Reading (10-1, 5-1) host Lynnfield (6-4, 4-2) in the 53rd installment of this rivalry and the Hornets could share the title with Amesbury if both teams win.

Framingham at Natick (117th meeting) – First-year Framingham coach David Wright has coached Natick’s Pop Warner A-Team and has five sons, including three stepsons, who have played for the Redhawks. Natick leads the series, 78-33-5.

Revere at Winthrop (93rd meeting) — Revere (4-6, 4-2) has won Winthrop (6-4, 3-0) five straight, the longest streak for the Patriots in this border war.

Nausea at Dennis-Yarmouth (25th meeting) — After going 1-12 between the Fall II and 2021 seasons, Nauset (6-4, 2-2) is under Jesse Peno (’99), who also helped start the boys’ lacrosse program at his alma mater revive, on the rise. Dennis-Yarmouth (3-7, 2-2) has an 18-6 lead in the series and has won 12 of their last 13 matches.

Weymouth at Walpole (25th meeting) — Another rivalry hitting the quarter-century mark this season, this clash between Bay State Conference opponents shouldn’t be lacking in impetus. Walpole senior Corey Kilroy has rushed for over 3,000 passing yards and 43 total touchdowns over the past two years, and senior captain Andrew Falzone needs 146 rushing yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark. Walpole is trying to go 20-5 in the series.

The High School Super Bowl matchups are scheduled – 8:15 p.m

The schedule is set for eight MIAA State High School football championship games between December 2 and 3 at Gillette Stadium. Three games begin on Friday December 2nd, followed by five more on Saturday. It will be Gillette’s 15th year hosting the Games and the fifth time all eight finals have been played at Foxborough.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students/seniors. Children up to 5 years get free admission. Tickets for the games are available now through Ticketmaster. No tickets are sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office.

department 1

Saturday, December 3, at Gillette Stadium, 12:30 p.m

▪ SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL (10-1) vs. ST. JOHN’S PREPARATION (9-2)

semifinals

▪ Springfield Central 54, Methuen 14: Will Watson sparks Springfield Central with a terrific start in the D1 semi-final win over Methuen

▪ St. John’s Prep 28, Central Catholic 7: Angry and animated, St. John’s Prep supports his attempt to take command of the Division 1 semifinals

department 2

Saturday, December 3, at Gillette Stadium, 8 p.m

▪ KING PHILIP (9-1) vs. CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (10-0)

semifinals

▪ Catholic Memorial 41, Milford 7: Datrell Jones, No. 4 Catholic Memorial, raises the standard in Division 2 semi-final win over No. 1 Milford

▪ King Philip 17, Bishop Feehan 10: King Philip finds a way again and wins his fifth bowl trip since 2016

department 3

Saturday, December 3, at Gillette Stadium, 5:30 p.m

▪ MILTON (10-0) vs. WAKEFIELD (11-0)

semifinals

▪ Milton 32, Hanover 30

▪ 31 Wakefield, 24 North Attleborough

D3 Semifinals Recap: Jack Finnegan propels top seed Milton to his first Super Bowl spot after beating No. 4 Hanover in the Division 3 semifinals

department 4

Friday, December 2, at Gillette Stadium, 8 p.m

▪ DUXBURY (10-0) vs GRAFTON (11-0)

semifinals

▪ 42 Duxbury, 14 Holliston

▪ Grafton 21, Foxborough 12

D4 Semifinal Summary: Duxbury’s Alex Barlow and Grafton’s Liam Donagher each count 3 TDs to lead their undefeated teams to the Division 4 Super Bowl

department 5

Friday, December 2, at Gillette Stadium, 5:30 p.m

▪ NORTH READING (10-1) vs. SHAWSHEEN (11-0)

semifinals

▪ Shawsheen 21, Dover-Sherborn 14

▪ North Reading 32, Bishop Fenwick 29: Matthew Guidebeck’s 38-yard boot ending the game sends North Reading back to the Division 5 Super Bowl

department 6

Saturday, December 3, at Gillette Stadium, 3 p.m

▪ ST. MARY’S (10-1) vs STONEHAM (10-1)

semifinals

▪ Stoneham 24, Cardinal Spellman 17: Colin Farren gives top seed Stoneham a lead, holds against Cardinal Spellman in the Division 6 semifinals

▪ St. Mary’s 15, Rockland 14: St. Mary’s is holding hard on defense against Rockland to earn a trip to the Division 6 Super Bowl

department 7

Friday, December 2, at Gillette Stadium, 3 p.m

▪ WEST BOYLSTON (10-1) vs. ST. BERNARDS (10-1)

semifinals

▪ West Boylston 32, Amesbury 20: With 21 points in the second half, West Boylston is running to a Division 7 semi-final win over Amesbury

▪ St. Bernard’s 32, Cohasset 19: Damien Jones, Antonio Mancini, a dynamic duo for St. Bernard’s, triumphed in the Division 7 semifinals against Cohasset

department 8

Saturday, December 3, at Gillette Stadium, 10 a.m

▪ HULL (11-0) vs. KIPP (7-4)

semifinals

▪ Hull 35, Old Colony 12: John Gianibas dominates the second half as Hull returns to the Division 8 Super Bowl

▪ KIPP 34, Oxford 33: With the program’s first trip to the Super Bowl at stake, KIPP senior Juan Setalsingh has delivered

Bring your sunglasses and earmuffs, it’s going to be cold and sunny this morning – 8am

After temperatures dropped into the 20s in some parts of the state last night, Thanksgiving morning will bring blue skies and frozen ground. It’s one of those mornings when you want your sunglasses and winter coat. Don’t let the sun fool you, wrap up.

Expect temperatures in the 40s for those 10 a.m. kickoffs, with a further 5 degrees warmer by midday. The wind should be light and no precipitation is expected.

And be careful on the streets. The low sun slows traffic at this time of year, even when the weather is otherwise perfect. Some of the busier places on Route 128 as well as the Mass Pike can see a traffic jam just because people aren’t comfortable driving in those places.

Check out Dave Epstein’s prediction here.


Brendan Kurie can be reached at [email protected]

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