The Thanksgiving Day Classic between the Portland (Maine) Bulldogs and Deering Rams has only been cancelled one time due to weather. Public works crews in Portland made sure that record did not change this year and the state’s long Thanksgiving Day game in the state.
Crews were out at the crack of dawn, clearing the more than half a foot of snow.
The field was chewed up in spots, but players actually were able to keep their footing fairly well.
Crews were also able to clear some sections of the bleachers for fans to sit and enjoy today’s frosty affair.
Portland won the 103rd installment, 36-7. Portland has now won 56 meetings to Deering’s 40 with seven ties.
Deering was without coach Matt Riddell, who resigned the day before the game. Riddell told official that he was resigning to deal with a family illness and would not be applying for the position next season.
Riddell is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the NAACP, which received complaints about Deering’s behavior in connection with a player. The Maine branch of the NAACP was told that the Portland School District launched an investigation into the incident, but there were complaints about how seriously that investigation was taken.
Defensive coordinator Rob Susi served as head coach.
Deering officials and players declined to address Riddell’s resignation Thursday.
USA TODAY High School Sports’ Cam Smith contributed to this report.