Turkey and High School Football

by Jeff Fisher

Turkey Day high school footballHappy Thanksgiving everyone!

Lots of fog in Mystic, Connecticut, but warm…48 degrees!!

Energy levels are high as Trish and I get ready to travel about 25-miles to Norwich for the 148th meeting of Norwich Free Academy and New London. This IS America’s oldest high school football game!

While more schools have bigger Thanksgiving Day traditions, as we were informed last night at the bar inside the Hilton Hotel we’re staying at. NFA and NL only began playing on Turkey Day in 2000, it’s hard to look past the fact that these two played the first high school football game on May 12, 1875.

The real point I’m trying to make is…there’s nothing better than attending a Thanksgiving morning high school football game!

Yesterday’s pep rally and Powder Puff game at New London were awesome and we really can’t wait to get to the field around 9 to start sending pics and reports on Twitter.

After the game, we’re heading to spend the weekend in Newport, Rhode Island and a turkey day dinner at the White Horse Tavern, which was built in 1652!

America’s oldest football game followed by dinner at America’s oldest tavern…talk about things we are thankful for!!

Have a great day everyone, let’s not forget to think of those who are homeless or without family today, plus those serving in the military .

Jeff & Trish

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.