Serving up Turkey Day football in Massachusetts

by Jeff Fisher

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Thanksgiving Day high school football is my single most favorite day of the year.

It has nothing to do with state championships being won, but in most cases the energy going into the Turkey Day games is as high as any state championship match-up.

As most of you know, I was raised on two Turkey Day games in eastern Pennsylvania during the 60’s and 70’s.  In the morning, we would watch my alma mater Wilson High School play Nazareth at Lehigh University and then head 15 minutes east to Lafayette College for the Forks of the Delaware Battle between Easton (Pennsylvania) and Phillipsburg (New Jersey).  Wilson and Nazareth no longer play each other, while later this week, I will write about the 108th meeting between Easton and P’burg.

Turkey Day football is definitely a northeast thing with only a few games being played outside of the area.

In 2009, Trisha Hoffman and I ventured to New London and Norwich, Connecticut to watch the Turkey Day game between New London High School and Norwich Free Academy.  These two schools played the first-ever high school football game on May 15, 1875.  Back then the game wasn’t played on Thanksgiving. In fact, the game didn’t move to Thanksgiving until 2000, however, on Thursday, the two will meet for the 154th time. Continue Reading →

High School Football America Top 25 Scoreboard – November 21-22, 2014

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High School Football America Top 25 Scoreboard

1. Allen Eagles (Texas) defeated #24 DeSoto (Texas) 25-22

2. De La Salle Spartans (California) defeated San Ramon Valley (California) 65-16

3. Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida) defeated Glades Central (Florida) 35-7

4. Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada) defeated Arbor View (Nevada) 56-6

5. St. John Bosco Braves (California) defeated Norco (California) 48-7

6. Folsom Bulldogs (California) defeated Franklin (California) 56-13

7. Miami Central Rockets (Florida) defeated Hallendale (Florida) 35-19

8. Colquitt County Packers (Georgia) defeated Dacula (Georgia) 51-30

9. Bellevue Wolverines (Washington) defeated Peninsula (Washington) 31-7

10. Paramus Catholic Paladins (New Jersey) defeated Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) 18-17

11. Bergen Catholic Crusaders (New Jersey) lost to St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) 31-14

12. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida) defeated Plantation (Florida) 38-6

13. Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas) defeatd Denton Guyer (Texas) 58-42

14. Buford Wolves (Georgia) defeated Mary Persons (Georgia) 35-14

15. South Panola Tigers (Mississippi) defeated Clinton (Mississippi) 9-7

16. Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas) defeated Plano West (Texas) 49-31

17. Carmel Greyhounds (Indiana) – Idle

18. Starkville Yellowjackets (Mississippi) defeated Southaven (Mississippi) 34-10

19. Good Counsel Falcons (Maryland) lost to DeMatha (Maryland) 24-20

20. Skyline Raiders (Texas) defeated Belton (Texas) 49-7

21. Maryville Rebels (Tennessee) defeated Science Hill (Tennessee) 45-0

22. Mainland Buccaneers (Florida) defeated Edgewater (Florida) 30-28

23. JSerra Lions (California) lost to Bishop Amat (California) 24-17

24. DeSoto Eagles (Texas) lost to #1 Allen (Texas) 25-21

25. Union Redskins (Oklahoma) defeated Mustang (Oklahoma) 52-7

Day 24 – Virginia to ATL

Massanutten Military Academy

Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham played at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia.

by Jeff Fisher

Today turned-out to be the longest drive of the Sea to Shining Sea Trip…and beyond.  We drove 577 miles from Woodstock, Virginia to Atlanta.  To be specific, we’re in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Today’s drive put Trisha Hoffman and I over 5,000 total miles driven on this trip.

I began the day by snapping photographs at the two schools in Woodstock – Central High School and Massanutten Military Academy.  Woodstock, founded in 1761, is a quaint town of just over 5,000 people and serves as the county seat of Shenandoah County. Continue Reading →

Day 23 – HOME!

Wilson Warriors Smith Field

Wilson High School’s home grandstands at Smith Field with the former Dixie Cup plant behind the field.

by Jeff Fisher

For those that listen to the High School Football America radio show, you’ll hear me say a lot – “you can take the boy out of Pennsylvania, but you can’t take Pennsylvania out of the boy!”

On Day 23 of our Sea to Shining Sea…and Beyond Tour, Trisha Hoffman and I arrived in my hometown of Wilson Borough that is tucked inside Easton, Pennsylvania.  The more time I spend away from my hometown, the more I enjoy coming back.  My mom still lives in “the Bura”, which is the way most in the community say “the Borough.”

I graduated from Wilson High School in 1978 and I’m very proud to promote the Blue and Gold of the Warriors.

For those of you that don’t know, Wilson is named after Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States. Continue Reading →

Oklahoma high school football coach makes music video after being fired

by Jeff Fisher

The above video may go down in history as one of the most unique things that a high school football head coach has done after being relieved of his coaching duties.

Durant (Oklahoma) head coach Byron Cordell and his family produced a music video to Taylor Swift‘s song Shake It Off. The video was made while Coach Cordell and his family packed their bags after a 1-9 season.

Cordell had just finished his ninth year as head coach at his alma mater