Logan Airport makes a rumble in East Boston, and on one of the busiest travel days of the year, the East Boston High School football team matched that noise with its performance on the football field.
Fans braved the bitter cold on Thursday morning to witness East Boston down South Boston, 22-6, at Sartori Stadium, in the Thanksgiving rivalry’s 100th edition.
With 2:04 remaining in the first half, Jets senior running back Nate Mattera took a fourth-and-1 handoff 6 yards for a 6-0 lead.
Later in the fourth quarter, an interception by senior defensive back Kasey Vasquez set up the Jets with a short field. Senior quarterback Dom Russo rolled right and darted 5 yards for another score. He then punched in the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
Vasquez’s fingerprints were all over the fourth quarter. His 28-yard touchdown on an end-around gave East Boston (4-7) a commanding 22-0 lead.
“I was excited,” an emotional Vasquez said. “It was cold today, everyone was freezing but it wasn’t stopping me from making plays on offense and defense.”
Southie (2-9) spoiled the shutout when junior quarterback Nathan Martin hit junior receiver Tony DePina for a 13-yard touchdown as time expired.
This win makes 10 straight Thanksgiving wins for East Boston.
“This is a big game no matter what,” East Boston coach John Parziale said. “It’s Eastie-Southie, it’s a big game for the community and it’s a big game for the kids that live here.”
East Boston holds a overall 53-42-5 advantage over South Boston. Parziale improved to 9-0 over the Knights in his career as Eastie’s coach. It was his 23rd game as a member of the staff.
“We have people that come back here every year and it’s important,” said Parziale, and evidenced by the Eastie letterman jackets in the stands. “Southie did a great job today and it was a great high school football game.”
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