America's best Thanksgiving high school football rivalries

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America's best Thanksgiving high school football rivalries

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America's best Thanksgiving high school football rivalries

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5. Where dreams are made

Fordham Prep (pictured) and Xavier Prep have faced off on Thanksgiving Day on hallowed grounds including the Polo Grounds. (Photo: Fordham Prep Athletics)

Xavier Prep (N.Y) vs. Fordham Prep (N.Y.) — How long have Xavier Prep and Fordham Prep been playing football before eating turkey? So long that the first game was called due to darkness with the score tied because the field had no lights. The game is considered the oldest sports rivalry in New York City, with official results tracked since 1906. The contest was initially hosted at the legendary Polo Grounds until that stadium was demolished, and now alternates between Fordham University in the Bronx and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

The Rams crushed Xavier, 28-0, in 2017 to cap a 10-2 season. Then Fordham Prep gutted out a 21-13 win in 2018 to cap a 7-4 season, a tick better than Xavier’s 7-5.

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