Area rivalry games are part of Thanksgiving tradition 

Area rivalry games are part of Thanksgiving tradition 

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Before many families sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, they will be outside in the cool brisk weather as local football teams face-off with more than bragging rights on the line in some games.

In the 60th Stoddard Bowl, the Maloney Spartans will look to increase their playoff positioning with a possible home game in reach. Platt has won eight of the last nine meetings.

The series, which started in 1958, is tied at 29-29-1.

Platt won the first game. Maloney’s longest win streak is six straight from 1978 to 1983 and Platt’s longest streak is seven wins from 2008 to 2014.

Last year, both teams came into the game with a chance to make the playoffs and a big second half by the Panthers helped them make the post-season.

Maloney head coach Kevin Frederick will be trying to lead his team to victory over his brother Brian Frederick, a Platt assistant.

In Wallingford, Sheehan and Lyman Hall meet at Riccitelli Field for their 46th Thanksgiving game.

For the first time since 1995, the Sheehan Titans clinched a spot in the postseason, while the Trojans are a respectable 5-4.

In fact, in the previous five seasons combined the Trojans won just five games, including five straight losses to Sheehan by scores that read, 55-14, 54-7, 28-0, 52-26 and last year 58-22.

Before that, the Trojans won in 2011 and 2010.

Despite their recent struggles, the Trojans lead the all-time series 26-19. The series started in 1972 with 13-6 win by the Trojans.

The Trojans’ longest win streak was eight wins in a row from 1999 to 2006, while the Titans held a seven game win streak from 1992 to 1998.

The Apple Classic wasn’t always played on Thanksgiving.  Southington and Cheshire played 18 times from 1960 to 1995 before the game became a Thanksgiving tradition in 1996.

Like almost every season this year’s game has playoff implications and without getting into the math a Fairfield Prep loss to West Haven on Thanksgiving will all but guarantee that the winner of the Apple Classic will clinch a spot in the playoffs and the loser’s season will be over.

Southington has won the last five Apple Classics and hold a 12-9 series lead over the Rams on Thanksgiving and a 20-19 lead overall.

With a win Southington can tie its longest win streak of the rivalry at six, which the Blue Knights held from 2001 to 2006 while Cheshire held its longest Thanksgiving win streak of five from 2007 to 2011. The Rams longest win streak overall dates back to 1979 and spans over nine games until 1997, two years after the Apple Classic was started.


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