Turkey and High School Football

High School Football America is staying in the quaint town of Mystic, Connecticut for the high school football game between Norwich Free Academy and New London High School.
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Lots of fog in Mystic, Connecticut this morning, but it’s warm 48 degrees.

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

While there are plenty of schools with bigger Thanksgiving Day traditions, it’s hard look past the fact that these two played the first high school football game on May 12, 1875.  NFA and New London only started playing on Turkey Day in 2000.

From our perspective 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. We can’t wait to get to the field around 9 o’clock this morning to start sending pics and reports on Twitter.

On a non-football note, we dined at Captain Daniel Packer Inne. Inside this building that was completed in 1756, we ate some food in an awesome atmosphere. We highly-recommend their New England clam chowder.

After the game, we’re heading to Newport, Rhode Island for 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

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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.