3. Old Firm Friends
Winchester (Mass.) vs. Woburn (Mass.) — Like a number of Massachusetts rivals, Winchester and Woburn have faced each other annually since the 1890s. The rivalry has rolled on uninterrupted since 1893, and there’s no risk of it ending any time soon. The problem is one of too much familiarity, with the two teams now facing off in the playoffs before the annual Thanksgiving Day game. Since 2012, the teams have played five times before the Thanksgiving Day game. Most recently, Woburn knocked off Winchester in the MIAA Division 3 Northwest tournament in 2014, then returned to play on Thanksgiving, just like always. Woburn won an all-time classic in 2016 with a 22-21 victory serving as the official send off for longtime coach Rocky Nelson. Then Woburn rattled off 34 consecutive points in 2017 to mark a 34-14 victory. In 2018, Winchester clinched a winning record with a 27-21 victory against Woburn.
If there was any question that the rivalry is collegial, check out the gesture from the 2014 edition of the Woburn team below.