Checkdown on the 50 Yard Line!
Long before Interstate 93 wound its way between Winchester and Woburn, the two towns already had turf wars. Gridiron turf wars, that is. Since 1891, many Thanksgiving mornings have begun with the Sachems and Tanners battling for the pride of winning the biggest game of the year and the esteem of their respective community.
After almost a decade-long winning streak held by Woburn, beginning in 1999, Winchester teams have rebutted and won the big game three years running. But don’t bet on four years yet. The Sachems are coming off four straight losses and the last-place team in the Middlesex-Large standings is winless at home. The Tanners boast a winning record going into the game and the power of star Chucky Ortiz, who’s had a notable season that includes intercepting a pass and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown and new school record in early November against Melrose.
But with a 52-42-10 series record, it still could be anyone’s game. See it for yourself at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24 at Knowlton Stadium, 458 Main Street in Winchester. With the support of local independent agents in Woburn and Winchester, Plymouth Rock Assurance will celebrate this long time competition by awarding $300 to the winning team’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter to support safe decision-making among local students.
Make sure you “Like” Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page and share your favorite Thanksgiving football memories and you might win four Patriots tickets for the December 4th game against the Colts. The winner will also receive transportation to and from the game. Read the complete contest rules.
You can also show your “thanks” for your teen’s safe driving habits this Thanksgiving by getting a subscription to iZup, a tool that helps to prevent distracted driving by withholding incoming and outgoing communication when a cell phone is in a moving vehicle (Plymouth Rock customers receive a 25 percent discount). Good luck to both teams!
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Quarterback Scramble on the 30!
If you’re from the North Shore, than you know that the annual Beverly-Salem Thanksgiving matchup is more than just a game. It’s an epic event for the two cities each year—at its 100th game there were over 11,000 fans. With 120 years of tradition behind the rivalry, it is the seventh oldest high school rivalry in the state.
The Witches have battled through some tough games this season and will undoubtedly face the same with a very strong Panthers team—who thumped Danvers in 47-0 blowout in late October. If you’re attending this year’s game, keep an eye out for junior running back Kenney Pierce. He’s scored five touchdowns in a single game twice this season and will be sure to make the Salem defense work up a Thanksgiving appetite next Thursday morning.
You can catch the game at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at Bertram Field in Salem, located at 29 Highland Avenue. Local independent agents in Beverly and Salem are celebrating this longstanding tradition with Plymouth Rock Assurance as Plymouth Rock donates $300 to the winning school for its local S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter.
After the game—and your fair share of turkey—be sure to “Like” Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page and share your most memorable story from this game or any of the past games and you will be entered for a chance to win four New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts tickets including roundtrip transportation from anywhere in MA. Read the complete contest rules.
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Battle in the Backfield
Today’s rivalry has the city divided. South Boston High School and East Boston High School have one of the longest standing rivalries in the Bay State’s capital city and this Thanksgiving Day matchup will determine who rules the hub.
East Boston won last year and is the top pick going into this year’s game as well. Although they have the better record this season, they won’t have the home field advantage. The game will be played at 95 G St. in South Boston.
If the Knights have any chance at an upset, it may come from senior James Toles, who currently has 14 touchdowns this season. All the action will start at 10:00 a.m.
Local independent agents in East Boston and South Boston including Metro Boston Insurance Agency, Inc., Thomas F. Walsh Insurance Agency and Lighthouse Insurance Agency LTD - will be supporting Plymouth Rock Assurance as we celebrate the winner of this game with a $300 donation to the school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter.
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Like Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page and share your favorite Thanksgiving Day football game memory, from South Boston vs. East Boston or otherwise, and you will be entered for a chance to win 4 tickets and roundtrip transportation from anywhere in MA to the New England Patriots vs. Indiana Colts game on December 4th. Read the complete rules.
Cheap Shot on the 10 Yard Line!
There are a lot of rivalry games in Massachusetts with a long history, but not many of them have the same bragging rights that Wellesley High School and Needham High School do. The matchup between these competitors is the oldest public high school football rivalry in the country. These two opponents have been going head to head against each other since 1882 and the rivalry will be celebrating its 130th birthday during next year’s game.
The Needham High School Rockets are the favorite to win this year’s Turkey Day game- although they will have to do it on Wellesley’s home turf. The game will be played at 50 Rice St. in Wellesley and kick off will be at 10 a.m. Players to watch include Wellesley’s Dan Elfman and Mike Vespa from Needham, both of whom have made significant touchdown contributions for their respective teams.
Local independent agents in Wellesley and Needham will be supporting Plymouth Rock Assurance as it celebrates the winner of this game with a $300 donation to the school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter. It is part of commitment to providing more than just insurance in the communities we serve.
Do you have a favorite player on the Wellesley or Needham squads? Have you been attending every Thanksgiving matchup for as long as you can remember? Like Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page and share your favorite moments from the big game and you could win four tickets to the New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts game on December 4th. Enter before November 28 at 5 p.m. and check back on December 1 for the announcement of the winner. Read the complete contest rules.
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Battle for the Turkey Title!
While 1895 may seem like ancient history to many, for Barnstable High School and Falmouth High School it marks the beginning of one of Massachusetts's longest football rivalries. Playing each other on Thanksgiving Day has become a storied tradition; in fact, the last time that Barnstable played a team other than Falmouth on Thanksgiving Day was in 1943 when they played Yarmouth.
The Barnstable Red Raiders took home the Old Colony League title earlier this month, and are favored to walk away with this year’s “Turkey Title” on the Cape as well. Keep an eye out for Barnstable’s Theo France and Nick Peabody, who have been leading the team’s scoring game so far this season.
Although Barnstable may have the stronger record, The Falmouth Clippers will be playing on their home turf at 74 Woodville Rd. The game starts at 10 a.m.
Local independent agents in Barnstable and Falmouth will be supporting Plymouth Rock Assurance as it celebrates this storied competition with a $300 donation to the winning school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Behavior) chapter.
Will you be heading down to the Cape for the game this year? How does football fit into your family’s Thanksgiving Day traditions? Like Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page and share your favorite Thanksgiving Day football game memory, from Barnstable vs. Falmouth or otherwise. And you’ll be entered to win 4 tickets along with roundtrip transportation to the New England Patriots vs. Indiana Colts game on December 4th at Gillette Stadium. Read the complete rules. Tell us your story now and enter to win!
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Hook and Ladder on the Gridiron!
Last Thanksgiving the Newton North Tigers clinched their 11th Turkey Day win in the last 13 meetings against the Brookline Warriors. This year, Brookline will be looking for revenge in the 117th matchup between the two teams.
Newton will need both sides of the line to work hard to stop them. Multi-purpose running back and quarterback Nick Scott and his receiver brother Leon are known for connecting on plays that gain significant yardage for the Warriors. Their defense has held seven opponents to single digit scores this season.
This year’s game will be played on the Tigers’ turf starting at 10 a.m. Parking can be tight, so get to 457 Walnut Street in Newtonville early. But don’t leave early if one team appears to have the game in the bag—Newton North senior quarterback Ryan Byrne has led his team to rally back from several deficits already this year.
For the team who comes up victorious, Plymouth Rock Assurance will be donating $300 to their school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter. And we thank our independent agents in the area for joining us in celebrating the success and dedication of local athletes, as well as creating a culture of safe driving among drivers of all ages.
Show your own pride for the Tigers, Warriors or your own home team by liking our Facebook page and sharing a fond Thanksgiving football memory. We’ll be selecting one entry to win four tickets to the upcoming Patriots vs. Colts football game, along with roundtrip transportation from any Massachusetts town. Read the complete rules. The contest ends November 28, so act fast!
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Quarterback Sneak on the 20 Yard Line!
Their names may sound similar, but Longmeadow and East Longmeadow are anything but the same town. Just ask their respective high school football teams, which are set to face off Thursday morning in the annual Thanksgiving football match up. This year marks the 51st annual game.
Longmeadow walked away with the victory last year and if season records are any indication, they are favored again in 2011. The Lancers boast a 10-2 record that include some major wins—like the 47-0 shutout of Agawam—and some close losses—like the 21-20 fall to Central. In fact, the defense has allowed just 20 points in its past four games. The noteworthy season is in spite of several key player injuries that might have crippled another other team; quarterback Jake Lazarus is out with a broken thumb, and 1,000-yard rusher T.J. Norris, starting lineman Joe Scuderi and kicker/backup quarterback John Falcone all experienced season-ending injuries.
The East Longmeadow Spartans will be ready for battle, coming off a tough 39-36 loss to Minnechaug Regional this past weekend. Spartan quarterback Dan McGuill will lead the team when they kick off at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning at Longmeadow High School.
Please join our local independent agents in the area as they celebrate all of the hometown heroes on the field that day. To show our support of these two longstanding rivals Plymouth Rock Assurance will award $300 to the winning team’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter. Everyone off the field could also be a winner—“like” Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page to share your most memorable story from this game or any of the past games for a chance to be entered to win four New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts tickets on December 4th. Read the complete contest rules.
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Battle 115 Years in the Making!
The Hilltoppers of BMC Durfee High School in Fall River and the New Bedford Whalers lay claim to one of the oldest high school football rivalry in South Coast New England. They have been matching up since 1893, for over 115 years. This Bay State rivalry always makes for an exciting game, and this year promises to be no exception!
Led by Quarterback Myles Medeiros, the Whalers took home the win in last year and are the favorite for this Thanksgiving Day game as well. Other players to keep an eye out for include New Bedford’s Jaraud Wood and Mike LaJoie. Be sure to check out the pre-meal the action at 360 Elsbree St. in Fall River. All the excitement will be kicking off at 10:00 a.m.
Local independent agents in Fall River and New Bedford will be supporting Plymouth Rock Assurance as we celebrate the winner of this game with a $300 donation to the school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter.
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Are you a Fall River or New Bedford super fan? If you share your favorite moments from this year’s game on Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page you could win 4 tickets and round trip transportation to the New England Patriots vs. Indiana Colts game on December 4th at Gillette Stadium. Read the complete contest rules.
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Battle for the Turkey Crown!
The Framingham High School Flyers and Natick High School have a long-standing rivalry that is typically dominated by Natick. Framingham took home their first win in six years in 2008, but Natick is again the top pick this year to take home the “turkey crown.”
Leaders Troy Flutie and Nick Lee, both of Natick, were recently named “Players of the Week” by Boston.com. They are still in the running for the 2011 play-offs. The team won’t have to travel far to make it to Thanksgiving dinner after the game as they will be playing on their home field, which is turf, at 15 West Street in Natick. All the action starts at 10:00am.
Local independent agents including Stephen W. Gersh Insurance Agency, Inc., Fair & Yeager Insurance Agency, Inc. and Eastern Insurance Group, LLC will support Plymouth Rock Assurance as we celebrate the winner of this game with a $300 donation to the school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter.
Are you going to be on the sidelines for this year’s big game? If you share your favorite moments from this year’s game on Plymouth Rock’s Facebook page you could win 4 tickets to the New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts game on December 4th. Read the complete rules.
Down and Out on the Gridiron!
For the Malden Golden Tornadoes and the Medford Mustangs, this year’s Gridiron matchup will be a battle almost 125 years in the making. With the 124th kickoff set to take place this year, it is the second oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the United States.
This could be why hometown pride is so engrained in the makeup of citizens from these two cities. That is why local independent agents are supporting Plymouth Rock Assurance as we donate $300 to the winning school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter to support the important work of SADD within that school.
With a storied history and a winless season thus far at home, the Mustangs are likely to be very aggressive in trying to end the season on a high note and own their own turf. But a strong Malden squad, which includes the 6’2” 210 lb. Witche Valence-Exilhomme and a talented defense, will put up a good fight.
It's anyones game with a 59-54-10 series record and Thanksgiving pride on the line. To find out who comes out victorious, catch the game at Hormel Stadium, located at 97 Locust Street in Medford, at 10 a.m. After the game and before hopping on Interstate 93 to head to your Thanksgiving dinner, use our Gas Price Finder to fuel up at the best possible rate—as of mid-month, the Stop & Shop station on Commercial St (just a block away!) had the lowest price at $3.409.
And don’t forget to show your Mustang or Tornadoes pride on our Facebook page. One Thanksgiving football story past or present will be selected to win four tickets to the December 4th Patriots vs. Colts match-up at Gillette Stadium. Read the complete contest rules.
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