Easton (PA) beats Phillipsburg (NJ) in 109th renewal of Forks of the Delaware Turkey Day battle

Easton footballPhoto from EastonFootball.org

Having grown-up in Easton, Pennsylvania, I am hard pressed to say there is a better Turkey Day rivalry than Easton (Pennsylvania) and Phillipsburg (New Jersey) or to keep the P’burg fans happy Phillipsburg and Easton.  The two communities that are only separated by the Delaware River gathered at Lafayette, College in Easton, Pennsylvania to watch their favorites play for the 109th time on Thursday.

In the end, it was the Easton fans that are going home happier after the Red Rovers pitched a 26-0 shutout.

Easton (9-4) finished its season with an impressive defensive performance.  The Red Rovers picked-up two defensive scores in the second half to seal the victory.  EJ Simmons recovered a fumbled snap off a punt and ran it back nine yards for a score and Nathan Moser had a Pick 6, which gave Easton a 62-42 lead in the series, which also has had five ties.

PHILLIPSBURG VS. EASTON (1905-PRESENT)
Easton leads all-time series, 62-42-5

2015: Easton 26-0
2014: Phillipsburg, 19-15
2013
: Easton, 16-7
2012: Easton, 35-18
2011: Easton, 24-8
2010: Phillipsburg, 3-0
2009: Easton, 26-10
2008: Easton, 35-14
2007: Easton 17-6
2006: Easton, 21-7
2005: Phillipsburg, 17-0
2004: Easton, 31-0
2003: Phillipsburg, 26-23
2002: Phillipsburg, 25-0
2001: Easton, 28-7
2000: Easton, 17-14
1999: Easton, 41-7
1998: Easton, 24-0
1997: Phillipsburg, 26-6
1996: Easton, 27-7
1995: Easton, 25-13
1994: Easton, 34-6
1993: Tie, 7-7
1992: Easton, 29-0
1991: Easton, 24-15
1990: Phillipsburg, 28-0
1989: Phillipsburg, 21-12
1988: Phillipsburg, 20-15
1987: Phillipsburg, 18-10
1986: Easton, 20-10
1985: Easton, 14-7
1984: Phillipsburg, 14-12
1983: Phillipsburg, 14-7
1982: Phillipsburg, 32-0
1981: Phillipsburg, 23-0
1980: Easton, 14-3
1979: Easton, 35-22
1978: Easton, 14-7
1977: Phillipsburg, 7-6
1976: Phillipsburg, 28-0
1975: Easton, 7-0
1974: Easton, 10-6
1973: Phillipsburg, 18-6
1972: Phillipsburg, 15-13
1971: Phillipsburg, 8-0
1970: Easton, 23-0
1969: Phillipsburg, 41-8
1968: Easton, 20-0
1967: Tie, 0-0
1966: Easton, 13-6
1965: Easton, 13-6
1964: Phillipsburg, 7-0
1963: Phillipsburg, 33-6
1962: Phillipsburg, 9-0
1961: Phillipsburg, 7-0
1960: Phillipsburg, 7-6
1959: Easton, 21-0
1958: Easton, 26-6
1957: Easton, 20-7
1956: Phillipsburg, 18-6
1955: Phillipsburg, 7-6
1954: Easton, 7-6
1953: Easton, 14-7
1952: Easton, 14-7
1951: Easton, 28-13
1950: Easton, 20-13
1949: Phillipsburg, 33-7
1948: Phillipsburg, 46-0
1947: Phillipsburg, 31-0
1946: Phillipsburg, 19-0
1945: Phillipsburg, 6-0
1944: Tie, 0-0
1943: Easton, 7-2
1942: Phillipsburg, 12-6
1941: Phillipsburg, 7-0
1940: Easton, 7-2
1939: Easton, 7-0
1938: Easton, 12-7
1937: Easton, 7-0
1936: Easton, 28-0
1935: Phillipsburg, 24-0
1934: Phillipsburg, 13-0
1933: Phillipsburg, 13-0
1932: Phillipsburg, 26-0
1931: Easton, 7-6
1930: Easton, 20-7
1929: Phillipsburg, 13-0
1928: Easton, 21-12
1927: Easton, 20-13
1926: Tied, 6-6
1925: Easton, 27-7
1924: Easton, 21-0
1923: Easton, 31-7
1922: Tie, 7-7
1921: Easton, 44-7
1920: Phillipsburg, 14-7
1919: Easton, 13-7
1918: Phillipsburg, 9-0
1917: Easton, 35-7
1916: Easton, 14-7
1915: Easton, 3-0
1914: Easton, 7-0
1911: Easton, 6-0
1910: Phillipsburg, 5-0
1908: Easton, 11-0
1907: Easton, 5-0
1906: Easton, 47-0
1905: Easton, 26-0

Listen to Phillipsburg head coach Ryan Ditze talk about the rivalry between the two on the High School Football America Radio Show last week.

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.