There was a lot on the line for South Boston and East Boston at the 95th annual Thanksgiving Day game Thursday at White Stadium. The rivalry was as intense as ever, with Eastie coming out on top, 22-14.
“It’s been going on for practically 100 years, so it feels really good to win with past players watching,” East Boston senior running back Matthew Robinson said. “It’s my senior year and we’ve won the past four years I’ve been in school, so it means a lot.”
Junior quarterback Vincent Lepore scored on a sneak at the goal line to open the scoring for East Boston (4-5).
Two minutes into the second quarter, Robinson scored on a 2-yard run and followed it up by securing the 2-point conversion.
Feeling the heat, South Boston (3-7) finally cracked the scoreboard with 15 seconds left before the half.
Hakine Walcott dropped back in the shotgun and completed a 22-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Demario Taylor on fourth down. Walcott then hit junior running back Pannell Davis for a 7-yard touchdown. Junior running back Sean Hunter scored the 2-point conversion.
The Jets responded on their first drive in the third quarter as Robinson scored again on an impressive 38-yard run up the middle. Senior wide receiver Dwight Frederick ran in for the 2-point conversion.
Everything was on the line for the Knights in the fourth quarter, and Hunter decided to take some action to extend the lead.
The Knights marched down the field behind Davis and Hunter. Hunter scored near the goal line and ran in the 2-point conversion.
After East Boston killed plenty of clock, South Boston got the ball back with about a minute left but couldn’t manage to get past a Jets defense looking to close out a win.
“They fought back and we had a lapse of coverage,” East Boston coach John Parziale said.
“South Boston is tough and we throw records out the window on Thanksgiving.”
Despite some mistakes, Parzaile is happy with the Jets’ fourth Thanksgiving win in a row.
“Every year I tell the boys, ‘Let’s go,’ ” he said. “For a lot of years South Boston was on top, but now we are. We want to keep it like that.”
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