White Stadium will be the setting for the 99th clash between East Boston High School and South Boston High at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Thanksgiving morning. The East Boston Jets, led by John Parziale (7th season) are 4-6. The South Boston Knights, led by first year coach Brian Vaughn are 2-6.
East Boston began the season with an overtime win against English at home on September 9, 6-0 and then lost the next two to Brighton and Madison Park. Two wins followed in games with TechBoston and West Roxbury. The Jets then lost four in a row, including a play-off game with Lowell Catholic at home on October 29 by a score of 35-26. The Jets ended the regular season with a nice win over Cathedral at home on November 10 by a score of 34-28.
South Boston, rebuilding with a great first year coach, Brian Vaughn and more numbers on the roster began the season with a win over Charlestown on September 16 by a score of 20-6. Four losses followed and then came a win over Minuteman on October 29 by a score of 28-26.
The historic rivalry between these two coastal city schools began in 1903. East Boston has won the game for the past seven straight years and overall leads the series at 50-42-6. Both teams value the Thanksgiving day game and will have practice sessions after school right up to Thanksgiving eve. All are welcome to come out and cheer on both teams and win or lose, be good sports about the results.
A special commemoration for the 100th game is planned for the Thanksgiving Day game next year.