There’s no tradition like Thanksgiving Day football in Massachusetts.
After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high school teams were back on the field for their rivalry games. Across the state, more than 180 teams got in on the action before diving into turkey and pumpkin pie.
Here’s a rundown of the final scores. Don’t see your team? Click here to see our full scoreboard.
- Abington 31, Whitman-Hanson 19 (Game story)
- Algonquin 49, Westborough 0
- Amesbury 12, Newburyport 7
- Arlington 49, Waltham 7 (Game story)
- Ashland 43, Hopkinton 0
- Barnstable 42, Falmouth 7
- Bedford 55, Burlington 18
- Beverly 60, Salem 14
- Bishop Feehan 42, Bishop Stang 8
- Bishop Fenwick 35, Malden Catholic 23
- Blue Hills 60, Bristol-Plymouth 28
- Boston English 66, Boston Latin 42 (Game story)
- Brockton 21, Bridgewater-Raynham 20 (Game story)
- Brookline 38, Newton North 12
- Bourne 23, Wareham 16
- Cambridge Rindge and Latin 27, Somerville 6
- Catholic Memorial 57, BC High 24 (Game story)
- Central Catholic 40, Lawrence 22
- Chelsea 14, Cathedral 6
- Chelmsford 15, Billerica 3
- Cohasset 42, Hull 0
- Concord-Carlisle 35, Lexington 6 (Game story)
- Danvers 35, Gloucester 0
- Dennis-Yarmouth 14, Nauset 0 (Game story)
- Dighton-Rehoboth 20, Seekonk 14
- Durfee 36, New Bedford 14
- Duxbury 38, Marshfield 28 (Game story)
- Dover-Sherborn 39, Medfield 8
- East Bridgewater 21, Rockland 7
- Everett 44, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 14 (Game story)
- Fairhaven 24, Dartmouth 7
- Grafton 25, Millbury 7
- Franklin 27, King Philip 20 (Game story)
- Hamilton-Wenham 33, Ipswich 14
- Hanover 35, Norwell 0
- Hingham 22, Scituate 14
- Holliston 28, Westwood 22
- Leominster 32, Fitchburg 0
- Lincoln-Sudbury 49, Newton South 0
- Lowell 41, Haverhill 36
- Malden 12, Medford 10 (Game story)
- Manchester Essex 49, Georgetown 6
- Mansfield 35, Foxboro 21 (Game story)
- Marblehead 31, Swampscott 28 (Game story)
- Marlborough 14, Hudson 7
- Maynard/Advanced Math and Science 29, Littleton 14
- Medway 31, Millis 7
- Middleborough 40, Carver 11
- Milford 34, Taunton 28
- Milton 42, Braintree 7 (Game story)
- Nashoba 47, Clinton 19
- Natick 35, Framingham 7
- North Attleboro 14, Attleboro 6 (Game story)
- North Quincy 15, Quincy 12 (Game story)
- North Reading 28, Lynnfield 25
- Northbridge 28, Uxbridge 14
- Northeast 42, Essex Tech 6
- Norton 27, Bellingham 21
- Norwood 49, Dedham 29
- Oliver Ames 34, Sharon 7
- Oxford 41, Bay Path 14
- Peabody 41, Saugus 6
- Pentucket 15, Triton 14
- Plymouth South, Plymouth North 32 (3OT)
- Reading 36, Stoneham 34 (Game story)
- Revere 16, Winthrop 13
- Shawsheen 35, Arlington Catholic 28
- Shrewsbury 14, Wachusett 13
- Silver Lake 14, Pembroke 13
- Somerset Berkley 34, Case 0
- Southbridge 28, Bartlett 12
- Stoughton 47, Canton 14
- Sutton 23, Blackstone-Millville/Hopedale 13
- Tewksbury 56, Wilmington 35
- Tyngsborough 18, Groton-Dunstable 7
- Wakefield 21, Melrose 13
- Walpole 41, Weymouth 28
- Watertown 15, Belmont 0
- Wayland 34, Weston 7
- Wellesley 34, Needham 28 (OT) (Game story)
- West Boylston 44, Ayer Shirley 18
- Westford 38, Acton-Boxborough 21
- Xaverian 36, St. John’s Prep 35 (Game story)
See how the day unfolded below.
Check out the final scores — 2: 00 p.m.
No High 5 on Ch. 5 tonight — 1:40 p.m.
By Chad Finn
Thanksgiving high school football games are among the most special sports traditions in Massachusetts, bonding communities and building memories that only grow more precious as the years pass.
For more than 30 years, Channel 5′s Thanksgiving football special, hosted by Mike Lynch, was a welcome part of that tradition, the dessert after the satisfying meal.
The program, titled “High 5 Salute to Thanksgiving Heroes,” aired for 30 minutes early in the evening, showing highlights, scores, and scenes from as many games as possible.
It was a massive undertaking but a true labor of love for Lynch, a legendary athlete at Swampscott High who, during his run as sports anchor at Channel 5 that began in 1982, went above and beyond to give high school sports their due.
But this year, that tradition ends. WCVB management has decided there will be no show.
A big win for the Blue and Blue — 1:21 p.m.
Boston English and Boston Latin is the longest continuously played rivalry in the nation. It’s also Massachusetts’ most lopsided, with Latin entering the game with an 83-37-13.
English made it 83-38-13 with a big win at Harvard Stadium.
It’s a come-from-behind win for North Quincy — 1:00 p.m.
Duxbury takes down rival Marshfield — 12:55 p.m.
Dragons QB Matt Festa threw four touchdown passes en route to a 38-28 win. Next up for Duxbury: The Div. 4 Super Bowl vs. Scituate at Gillette next week.
Final: Duxbury 38, Marshfield 28— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) November 25, 2021
Matt Festa with 4 passing TDs — 2 to Brady Madigan and 2 to Matt Ciesielski — and a rushing TD.
Dragons win the Patriot-Keenan once again and head to Gillette with momentum. Entertaining battle @GlobeSchools pic.twitter.com/Ag3dX0Qr5B
A final in the Chowder Bowl: D-Y 14, Nauset 0 — 12:50 p.m.
By Brad Joyal
Senior Jaden Moore ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to propel the visiting Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins (5-5) past the Nauset Warriors (0-8) in the 25th edition of the Chowder Bowl in North Eastham.
The teams played three scoreless quarters before Moore ran for a 2-yard score on a direct snap with 9:10 remaining. Moore plunged into the end zone for another TD from just outside the 1-yard line to make it 14-0 with 6:14 remaining.
“We felt like we needed to get Jaden Moore going, so we went with the package where we direct snap to him and had him run behind our best blockers,” D-Y’s second-year coach Chris Marsh said. “We said, ‘Let’s give our best player the ball and hope he can get some tough yards for us’ and he did a great job.”
Moore (9 carries, 45 yards, 2 TDs) was named Offensive Most Valuable Player for D-Y, while senior Levens Louis received the team’s Defensive MVP honor. Nauset senior Chad Caramanna was the Warriors’ Offensive MVP and junior Corey Vendetti earned Defensive MVP.
Notable scores and moments — 12:48 p.m.
The Abington Green Wave won the 110th installment of its Turkey Day rivalry game against Whitman-Hanson, 31-19.
Xaverian missed out on the chance to compete for a state title. The consolation prize? A win over rival St. John’s Prep.
It was a big day at Harvard Stadium, Globe correspondent Ethan McDowell reports.
Boston English beat Boston Latin, 66-42. Per the PA announcer, it wa the highest scoring total in the rivalry’s history.
Everett begins a new Thanksgiving tradition in its classic style: with a win — 12:40 p.m.
By Nate Weitzer
Facing a new opponent, Everett continued to do what it does on Thanksgiving: win big.
The Crimson Tide rolled to a 44-14 victory over Saint John’s of Shrewsbury at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium Thursday morning.
“Having guys that I consider to be family on this team, and getting a ‘W’ on Thanksgiving, a family day, it means everything,” said senior tailback Jayden Clerveaux, who ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns to finish his campaign with 1195 rushing yards and 19 scores.
“Growing up in Everett, playing Pop Warner since I was five, being on this field, it’s a blessing. And the fact that I have to leave is kind of sad, but good things have to come to an end eventually.”
Everett is now 205-25 since 2001, the last year they lost a Thanksgiving game to Cambridge.
The Tide beat Cambridge in 10 consecutive meetings after winning the 2001 Super Bowl, then had no Thanksgiving opponent from 2012-16, then beat Masconomet in three straight meetings from 2017-19.
Now the proud program can hope to start a new rivalry with Saint John’s, which officially joined the Catholic Conference this season, and had to look for a new rivalry after its 95-year tradition with St. Peter Marian ended when the Catholic school merged with St. Paul’s in 2019.
“Thanksgiving football is special in Massachusetts and we know that Saint John’s of Shrewsbury is a top-notch program,” said Everett coach Rob DiLoreto. “Today was a big challenge and we’ll see what the future brings.”
Franklin takes down K-P: Watch the highlights — 12:39 p.m.
The final at Franklin is 27-20, Panthers.
In Lexington and Concord, a historic rivalry is renewed — 12:20 p.m.
Lexington and Concord-Carlisle last played on Thanksgiving in 1972. While the teams did play less than two years ago, it hasn’t landed on the holiday in nearly 40 years.
That changed today. The Concord-Carlisle Patriots beat the Lexington Minutemen, 35-6.
Here are some photos from the day:
More final scores — 12:02 p.m.
Milton 42, Braintree 7
Medway 31, Millis 7
Andrew Rozak kicked a field goal and Bryan Grimes had a interception in the fourth quarter to seal Medway’s 31-7 victory. — Matt Pepin
Cambridge Rindge and Latin 27, Somerville 6
Dennis-Yarmouth 14, Nauset 0
Watch: It’s a game-winning field goal for Marblehead — 11:55 a.m.
Eli Feingold nailed a 36-yard field goal to win it for Marblehead over their rival Swampscott. Final score: 31-28
Final scores are rolling in — 11:50 a.m.
Cohasset easily handled Hull, 42-0, to win their 12th rivalry game in a row.
Both teams will play in their respective Super Bowls on Wednesday — Cohasset for the Div. 7 title, Hull for Div. 8.
Danvers 35, Gloucester 0
Danvers finishes at 5-6; the Falcons have now beat their rival on three straight Thanksgivings. The Fishermen finish at 2-9.
Everett band to head to Hawaii — 11:45 a.m.
It’s announced that the top-notch Everett marching band is headed to Hawaii next month to play in a ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. — Nate Weitzer
Third-quarter scores — 11:30 a.m.
Medway 28, Millis 7
Medway went ahead 14-7 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Luke Frauton to Connor Kewley.Kewley’s interception then set up Medway’s next score, a 1-yard run by Brendon Woodring that made it 21-7.Luke Frauton’s 9-yard touchdown run made it 28-7, capping a drive that began following a fumble recovery by Kenyon Smith. — Matt Pepin
Everett 31, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 41
Norwood 35, Dedham 14
Franklin 27, King Philip 20
Inside the halftime shows — 11:20 a.m.
Mansfield honored its 2019 Division 2 Super Bowl winning team at halftime. 33 players returned and received an ovation from the Mansfield crowd. The 2019 team went 11-1, capturing the state title with a 41-0 triumph over Lincoln-Sudbury. It was Mansfield’s eighth state title since 1992. — Matt Doherty
Check out our live scores — 11:10 a.m.
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Halftime scores — 10:50 a.m.
See more live scoring right here.
Xaverian 22, St. John’s Prep 22
Quincy 6, North Quincy 0
Beverly 60, Salem 14
Westford 17, Acton-Boxborough 14
Cambridge Rindge and Latin 14, Somerville 6
Wellesley 21, Needham 14
Franklin 19, King Philip 14
Milton 14, Braintree 7
Boston English 24, Boston Latin 6
Marblehead 21, Swampscott 13
Dennis-Yarmouth 0, Nauset 0
Millis 7, Medway 7
In a defensive first quarter, each team had a fourth down stop in or near the red zone.In the second, Millis was again stopped on fourth down before Medway scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Luke Frauton to Sean Converse on the ensuing possession. Millis tied it on a 2-yard touchdown run by Braeden McPhee just before halftime. — Matt Pepin
Billerica 3, Chelmsford 0
Everett takes a big lead on St. John’s (Shrewsbury) — 10:41 a.m.
South Shore communities step up in the spirit of Thanskgiving — 10:30 a.m.
When Hingham football coach Mark Nutley and his family needed a hand, the whole South Shore community stepped up.
The Quincy native and Marshfield resident wasn’t sure if he would be able to coach in his fourth year at the helm at Hingham, because his wife, Becky, has been going through an experimental treatment as part of a clinical trial for multiple myeloma.
With two boys, Adam and Sean, playing multiple sports, and the responsibilities of his job as a middle school teacher at Point Webster School in Quincy, Nutley wasn’t sure he had the time to run a program and be there for his wife.
But generous citizens from Hingham, Marshfield, Quincy, and North Quincy — where Becky works as a guidance counselor — stepped up to provide meals, donations towards myeloma research, and even chip in with some yard work at the Nutley house.
First-quarter scores — 10:25 a.m.
St. John’s Prep 7, Xaverian 7
Boston English 0, Boston Latin 0
Billerica 0, Chelmsford 0
Marblehead 14, Swampscott 13
Milton 0, Braintree 0
Dennis-Yarmouth 0, Nauset 0
Duxbury 7, Marshfield 0
Charlie Baker at the nation’s oldest rivalry — 10:15 a.m.
Former Mass. Governor Charlie Baker made an appearance before kickoff of the oldest public school rivalry in the country, participating in the ceremonial coin toss at Boston Latin-Boston English. — Ethan McDowell
Celebrating their seniors — 10:10 a.m.
Stoneham senior Peter Godfrey, one of the top linemen in the state, is joined by his parents Paul and Mary as the Spartans honored the seniors prior to the start of their game with Reading. If you’re wondering, Peter stands 6-6. — Bob Holmes
The Everett High band plays their fight song as the Crimson Tide take the field for the first installment of what could become a long rivalry with Saint John’s of Shrewsbury. It’s announced that the entire senior class has been made captains this Thanksgiving. — Nate Weitzer
What we’re seeing on the ground — 10:05 a.m.
Prior to kickoff, the Foxborough and Mansfield seniors are being announced individually and shaking hands with the opposition at midfield. — Matt Doherty
Charlie Baker is on site at Harvard Stadium to do the coin flip for Boston English-Boston Latin — Ethan McDowell
At Medway High, just after the coin toss, the teams psyched up for their Thanksgiving showdown. Medway won the coin toss and chose to receive. — Matt Pepin
At Pisini Stadium in Franklin, senior football players and cheerleaders are recognized before the game. — Brendan Kurie
Scenes from today’s games — 10:00 a.m.
It is a beautiful day in Eastern Mass. Here’s a look at the scenes from some of the games the Globe is at:
I’m at Finlayson Field at Hull High School where @HullPirates host @CohassetSports in Thanksgiving day action. Both teams have already punched their ticket to Gillette but the South Shore League - Tobin crown is on the line today.— Colin Bannen (@ColinBannen1) November 25, 2021
Updates to follow for @GlobeSchools pic.twitter.com/JZZUlcXgMe
Boston English-Boston Latin
Hello! I am at Harvard Stadium for the 134th installment of America’s oldest continuous high school football rivalry. Boston English (4-4) and Boston Latin (3-6) have played football every thanksgiving, other than 2020, since 1887. I’ll have coverage throughout for @GlobeSchools pic.twitter.com/vM80cSrk5G— Ethan McDowell (@ethanmmcdowell) November 25, 2021
Here is today’s schedule — 9:45 a.m.
Check out live scoring right here on our high school sports scoreboard.
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They’re friends for life, but when Hanover and Norwell clash on Thanksgiving morning, they’re foes — 9:40 a.m.
Old friends Norwell assistant Jeff Perkins and Hanover defensive coordinator Brian Kelliher are now on opposite sides of a border rivalry.
On Thursday morning, Norwell hosts Hanover in the 55th installment of their Thanksgiving series, as the holiday tradition returns across the state after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Hanover leads the series, 31-22-1.
Kelliher attended Rockland High. His sixth-grade English teacher? Perkins. And when Kelliher and the Bulldogs faced Randolph in 1990, Perkins was the head coach of the Blue Devils.
Having Dad as your head coach makes Thanksgiving football even more special — 9:30 a.m.
When your father is also your football coach, it can be tempting for him to bring work home.
But coaches Robert Ferrante (Framingham), Dave Woods (Bishop Fenwick), and Brian Vaughan (Lynn Classical) all said they’ve made a concerted effort throughout the years to avoid inundating their sons with extra football talk outside of practices, even when it comes to Thanksgiving games.
On Thursday morning, Steven Woods will quarterback Fenwick against Malden Catholic and Brian James Vaughan will quarterback Lynn Classical in the 107th edition of its city rivalry with Lynn English. Senior wide receiver Joe Ferrante will hope to lead Framingham to an upset of Natick.
Results from Thanksgiving football at Fenway — 9:00 a.m.
Fenway Park once again played host to a number of games earlier this week. Here are the results — click on each to read about the game.
What’s your team’s record against its rival? — 8:45 a.m.
Do you know the closest Eastern Mass. rivalry?
(It’s Dartmouth and Fairhaven — 42-42-4.)
How about the most lopsided one?
(Sorry, Boston English. Boston Latin’s 83-37-13 all-time record against you takes the cake.)
Check out more cool statistics about Mass. Thanksgiving Day rivalries on this Globe interactive. You can even search and find out how your high school has fared in its game.
12 games to watch, and our picks — 8:30 a.m.
By Nate Weitzer
The pandemic put a brief hold on some of the oldest Thanksgiving rivalries in the nation, but Massachusetts football returned in force this week with great matchups across the state.
Here are some of the top games to watch.
Marblehead at Swampscott: Although both undefeated teams are gearing up for their respective Super Bowl appearances the following week, neither program is likely to sit starters in the 111th edition of this rivalry. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
King Philip at Franklin: These teams navigated a tough Hockomock League and came out with just one loss between them. King Philip trails the series, 31-28-1, and will look to gain momentum with a win ahead of its Division 2 Super Bowl showdown with Catholic Memorial. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Boston English vs. Boston Latin (at Harvard): For the first time since 1887, English at Latin didn’t play on Thanksgiving last fall. The nation’s longest continuous public school rivalry returns, and while Latin has won 52 of the last 56 meetings, the Eagles could have their day. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Lexington at Concord-Carlisle: These historic towns held a rivalry game from 1893-1921 that shifted to Thanksgiving from 1924-1972. Lexington has won 22 of 39 regular-season matchups since the Turkey Day tradition ceased, but C-C holds a 25-18-4 edge on Thanksgiving as the tradition resumes. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Reading at Stoneham: James Murphy and the Rockets came up short against CM in the D2 state quarterfinals, while Stoneham was upset by Blackstone Valley in the D5 quarterfinals. Now they meet for the 86th time in a series Reading (63-18-4) has dominated. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Foxborough at Mansfield: Veteran coaches Jack Martinelli and Mike Redding lead their teams in the 90th edition of this rivalry, which featured a three-overtime classic at Fenway Park in 2018. The Warriors will look to replicate that magic on the road. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Tewksbury at Wilmington: While Tewksbury holds a 51-29-7 edge in the all-time series, Wilmington has had a season to remember and the senior-laden Wildcats will be ready to defend their home turf. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
St. John’s Prep at Xaverian: Both Catholic Conference powers came up short in the Division 1 state tournament and will turn their attention toward winning the 53rd installment of their rivalry. Xaverian holds a 30-22 lead. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Marshfield at Duxbury: With the Dragons preparing to meet Patriot League rival Scituate in the Division 4 Super Bowl, it will be interesting to see how many of their starters play with the league title on the line. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Chelmsford at Billerica: These storied programs are both back on an upward trend after a few down years. Chelmsford holds a 58-28-4 series lead and will look to pick up a tough road win at Billerica’s new stadium. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Revere at Winthrop: Longtime announcer Jim Lederman, who played in the 1959 Thanksgiving game against Revere, will be in the booth for the 50th straight edition of a rivalry his Vikings lead, 56-32-1. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Saint John’s (Shrewsbury) at Everett: Upset in the first round by Methuen, the Crimson Tide will look to end their season on a high note by beating a tough Catholic Conference foe in the first edition of what could become a longstanding rivalry. Click here to see Weitzer’s pick.
Super Bowl matchups are set, and why that matters — 8:15 a.m.
Next week, 16 teams will head to Gillette Stadium to take their shot at a Super Bowl title. Having the Super Bowl games after Thanksgiving means some teams will bench their starters for a rivalry game in hopes of winning a bigger prize. But some coaches have said they won’t let up when it comes to their Thanksgiving Day game.
Here’s a rundown of which teams are in the Super Bowls for all eight divisions, and when those games are.
Division 1: SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL (9-2) vs. CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-1)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Division 2: KING PHILIP (9-1) vs. CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (11-0)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.
Division 3: MARBLEHEAD (10-0) vs. NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH (7-3)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
Division 4: SCITUATE (10-1) vs. DUXBURY (9-1)
Monday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Division 5: NORTH READING (10-1) vs. vs. SWAMPSCOTT (11-0)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Division 6: ABINGTON (10-1) vs. ROCKLAND (9-1)
Monday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.
Division 7: COHASSET (8-2) vs. WAHCONAH (11-0)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Division 8: RANDOLPH (7-4) vs. HULL (9-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m.
Good morning, and a weather report — 8:00 a.m.
By this point, your turkey should be thawed and in the oven. Are the potatoes peeled? The pies baked? Great. Because it’s time for some Thanksgiving Day football.
While temperatures sunk low earlier this week, they’ll swing up into the mid-50s today. David Epstein reports the winds in the Boston area will be relatively light, and we’ll be treated to plenty of sunshine.
“Spectators will be comfortable at traditional football games, and it’ll be a nice afternoon and early evening for a stroll,” he writes. Read the rest of the weather report here.