The Boston Globe takes a look at some of the stories that made Thanksgiving football game so special this year:
Patriots honor Weymouth
Weymouth High was honored by the New England Patriots at halftime by their Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, sponsored by the Patriots Charitable Foundation.
The home of the Wildcats has contributed to their community by logging 20,574 hours of service.
City of Champions remembers
With heavy hearts, the Brockton High fan base paused at halftime to remember one of their own and dedicate the south end zone concession stand at Marciano Stadium to John A. Waldron.
Waldron, a 1975 Brockton graduate who played on two of the Boxers’ Super Bowl teams, died in March at age 54. He was a Boxer for life who spent tireless hours working in the concession stand or manning the scoreboard controls in the press box.
Brockton coach Peter Colombo, a former quarterback for the Boxers, grew up with Waldron and they shared a unique bond — Waldron was Colombo’s center. when they were seniors playing for Colombo’s father, Armond.
“I loved him like a brother,” said Peter Colombo.
“It’s just a beautiful thing to see his number up there every day when I come to practice. I’m happy for his family. It’s a nice tribute to a guy who put a lot of hours in over there giving back to us.”
Touchdowns for hunger
Students from Lynnfield walked through the stands at the North Reading-Lynnfield game to collect donations for the less fortunate. Dressed in orange T-shirts that read “Touchdowns for Hunger,” the Pioneers students rallied for the Gathering Change, Inc. charitable endeavor, with proceeds going to food pantries to feed the hungry. The money will go to the Calvary Christian Church’s food pantry in Lynnfield and the Haven From Hunger pantry in Peabody.
Doctor in the house
At halftime of the Amesbury-Newburyport game, the Indians honored longtime team doctor Barry Paster, who is retiring following the season after 40 years of serving Amesbury High athletics.
Former Amesbury athletic director Dave Bailey and football coach Thom Connors presented Paster with a plaque commemorating the occasion and a lettermen jacket.
Waldstein earns Flutie Award
At halftime of the Needham-Wellesley game, the Bay State Conference’s Flutie Award was presented to former Needham star Tory Waldstein. The honor is given to one male and one female graduate of the league who possess the qualities that Doug Flutie exhibited in school, which include dedication, leadership, sportsmanship and character. Waldstein graduated from Needham last spring. She earned 10 varsity letters in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, and was a four-time captain and All-Star and a two-time All-American.
A special game ball
Prior to the 126th meeting between Boston Latin and Boston English, former Latin star Bob Allen, who captained the undefeated 1964 Wolfpack squad, presented headmaster Lynne Mooney-Teta with a gift. It was the game ball from the 1912 Latin-English game, which Latin won, 8-6. Allen was given the ball when he was in high school by Tom Craven, the quarterback of the 1912 squad. The ball had stayed in the Allen family for decades. , but they gave it back to Latin and Mooney-Teta in a pregame ceremony.
The big crowd at Muscato Stadium to see the game between Oliver Ames and Sharon learned plenty about the home team from public address announcer Greg Chapman.
A former player and coach for the Tigers and a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame, Chapman kept up an entertaining commentary during the game. He noted what offensive formations the teams were in, which players threw key blocks, and even why certain penalties were called. Chapman also paid respect to the visiting Eagles, several times wishing them luck in their Division 3 playoff game on Tuesday against Pembroke.
West Bridgewater keeps running
West Bridgewater Gridiron Club president Nancy Bouve wouldn’t dare think about the status of the football team without this organization.
“I don’t think there would be a football team at all,” Bouve said before the game against Holbrook/Avon. “Our main fund-raiser is bingo. That raises money for the boys to go to camp each year for four days.’’
“It also provides beverages, food, ice and a team banquet. If they need equipment, [the money from Bingo] goes toward that. Pretty much anything they need during the year we provide at no cost to the parents.”
“We have an ad book and a gas raffle,” she added. “Today, we’re having a $300 gas raffle. We’ve done that a couple years in a row and it’s worked out well.’’
Plymouth honors Romano
Plymouth North and Plymouth South played their first Thanksgiving game on Plymouth North’s new turf field. Before kickoff, the field was rededicated to Mario J. Romano. Romano was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Plymouth North and the former Plymouth-Carver. He died in 1995 at age 84.
Many of Romano’s family members were in attendance as they unveiled the freshly painted scoreboard reading Mario J. Romano Field.
Scarpa win Morrison Award
Andover’s C.J. Scarpa threw two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead his team to a 22-19 victory and the Merrimack Conference (large) title.Scarpa’s efforts were commemorated received the Christopher Morrison Award. Morrison, an Andover native and Central Catholic graduate (1985), was on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center when it was attacked on Sept. 11. Santino Brancato received the award for Central Catholic.
Kierstead scholarship grows
In August 2011, Plymouth North graduate and former hockey captain Chad Kierstead died at the age of 19 in a car accident. Kierstead was a member of the United States Coast Guard. Kierstead’s brother, Nathan, is a senior captain on the team. The Chad Kierstead Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded by his family and raised $1,500.