It’s a special time for Thanksgiving football in these parts. Pilgrim and Warwick Vets will play for the 50th time this year, while Cranston East and Cranston West are meeting for the 40th time. Hendricken and Toll Gate reached their 40th anniversary last year and will start a new decade this season.
To commemorate the occasion, we’re looking back.
Our “How it Began” series highlights the first game in each of our Thanksgiving rivalries, with plenty of memories from the people who lived it. We’re also going “Through the Years,” with timelines spotlighting some of the most memorable games in series history.
To tie it all in with the present, we’re focusing on a current player who embodies the old-school qualities that make football special, from workhorse running backs to seniors who didn’t pack it in when times got tough, from hard-nosed defenders to players who can do it all. And as always, we’re previewing the current games, which will provide another chapter in these storied rivalries.
So Happy Anniversary, Warwick and Cranston. You’ve given us some great football.
Here’s to another special year.