America’s First High School Football Game, Part 1

first high school football game

In the first part of this two-part video feature, High School Football America takes you to America’s first high school football game between Norwich Free Academy and New London High School in Connecticut.

Norwich Free Academy and Buckeley School for Boys played the first high school football game on May 12,1875.  Buckeley merged with Chapman Technical High School in 1951 to become New London High School.

In this episode, Trisha Hoffman takes you to the pep rally and Powder Puff football game at New London High School the day before the 2009 Thanksgiving Day clash between the two schools.

Norwich Free Academy & New London, America’s first high school football game

This year’s game will be the 147th in the series.  New London leads the all-time series 76-59-11.

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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.