CMass Thanksgiving Football Games Feature Top Rivalries

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There will be plenty of Thanksgiving Day football action on Thursday as a full slate of games begins at 10 a.m.
There will be plenty of Thanksgiving Day football action on Thursday as a full slate of games begins at 10 a.m. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — Thanksgiving is here and it means turkey, too much food and a great day of football from early morning high schools to late at night with the NFL. And this week there are plenty of great games to watch. Check with your local Daily Voice sites.

Millbury @ Grafton, 10 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Millbury, 12-2; Last year: Millbury, 16-12

Somewhat surprisingly, Millbury has dominated this matchup winning the last 12 in a row, but this year may be different. The Indians (7-3) boast one of the best defenses in CMass and have shut out opponents five times. Corey Charpentier is one of, if not the most, disruptive forces at defensive tackle and has nine sacks. Grafton’s double wing offense is led by running backs Cody Munoz, who has 138 carries and 879 yards for 12 touchdowns, and Jon Coughlin, with 95 carries for 448 yards.

Millbury (5-5) has struggled down the stretch without stellar running back Ross Sudar (103 carries, 978 yards, 10 touchdowns). If he’s healthy, he teams up with Randy Mogren (76 carries, 499 yards) and gives the Woolies the two-headed running game they’ll need to upset the Indians.

Auburn @ Oxford, 10 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Auburn, 33-8; Last year: Auburn, 41-7

Auburn blitzed through its schedule with ease, outscoring opponents by 289 points and allowing only 5.5 points per game. The Rockets are big, physical and play fast and smart. Behind a huge offensive line, they pound the ball with Tyler Desjardins (120 carries, 1,560 yards, 21 touchdowns) leading the way. They also can mix it up with Bobby Sivet and quarterback Drew Goodrich, who has 769 passing yards and can run as well. No one is more balanced on both sides of the ball.

Oxford (1-9) has its work cut out trying to stop the machine that the Rockets have. Oxford's offense has struggled to score all season but will rely on running back Matt Faucher (23 carries, 172 yards and 7 touchdowns).

Algonquin @ Westborough, 10 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Westborough, 39-19-1; Last year: Westborourgh, 24-19

Two rebuilding teams that are playing for pride, Algonquin (2-8) is led by running back Stephen Roy (142 carries, 1,002 yards, 9 touchdowns). The Rangers (1-9) are led by the passing and rushing of quarterback Dan Orlando, who has thrown for more than 600 yards and rushed for more than 400 yards. Westborough has won the last five chapters of this rivalry.

David Prouty @ Leicester, 10 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Leicester, 25-17; Last year: David Prouty, 20-12.

The Battle of Breezy Bend has Leicester (8-2), which comes in as a force to be reckoned with again. On offense, it starts with quarterback Drew Mazzeo, who has more than 650 yards rushing and nearly 600 more passing. Leicester also boasts Nick Kenneway and Tom Rodrick, who can effectively make it a three-headed monster.

Prouty (5-5) has Marc Lamoureux (128 carries, 890 yards), and Zach Howard (102 carries, 702 yards) to lead the offense. Prouty has won the last three meetings, so Leicester has had this one circled for a while.

Holy Name @ Wachusett, 10 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Tied, 16-16; Last year: Holy Name, 18-16.

Arguably, this one may be the best game of the bunch. Wachusett (7-3) and headed for the playoffs, is led by running back Scott Tupper with 152 carries, 838 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Scott Beardsley has thrown for 467 yards and will look to Chris Johnston and Jon Lucier in the passing game.

Holy Name (7-3) also is headed for the post season and is led by Quron Wright, who has rushed 189 times for 2,075 yards and 32 touchdowns. Jeff Holland (87 carries, 653 yards) is also a big part of the team's game.

Southbridge @ Bartlett, 10:15 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Southbridge, 50-39-2; Last year: Southbridge, 26-13

The Southbridge Pioneers (4-6) have taken the last six in a row over the Indians and will be looking for big games from Emilio Torres and Ariel De La Cruz to run the streak to seven. Southbridge is a young team and looking to build for a big 2013.

Bartlett (5-5) has the offensive firepower to score with anyone. Akeem Belnavis has the big-play capability and Alexander Givins-Perry, with 126 carries for 1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns, is the workhorse for the Indians.

Shrewsbury @ Milford, 10:15 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Milford, 22-13-1; Last year: Milford, 24-6.

Shrewsbury (8-2) can lock up the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs with a win. The team is led by quarterback Mike Coggeshall (1,012 yards passing and 8 touchdowns through the air) as well as Zach Dionis (183 carries, 1,184 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Nick Diliberto (90 carries, 538 yards).

Milford (2-8) is playing for pride and hoping for another upset like last year. This will be the final game of the rivalry between the teams in CMass football, as Milford joins the Hockomock League next season.

St. Peter Marian @ St. John’s, 10:30 a.m. at Fitton Field, Holy Cross, in Worcester.

All-time Head to Head: St. John’s 52-29-6; Last year: St. John’s, 27-21.

In what promises to be a high-scoring game, St. John’s is led by quarterback Drew Smiley, who can do it all, with 888 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, 2,733 passing yards and 21 touchdown tosses. When opponents key on him, he hands it off to Shadrach Abrokwah (158 carries, 1,075 yards, 17 touchdowns). The Pioneers have three prolific pass receivers as well. Davon Jones (54 catches, 738 yards), Micah Cummins (41 catches, 610 yards) and John Giacoppe (43 catches, 539 yards) make the Pioneers tough to stop.

The Guardians (5-5) are led by Dan Henrickson (87 carries, 549 yards) on the ground and quarterback Jalen Evans-Ashton, who has talented wide-outs Tyler K’mon and Tyis Boykin in the passing game.

Uxbridge @ Northbridge, 10:15 a.m.

All-time Head to Head: Northbridge14-4; Last year: Northbridge, 42-0.

In the battle of the 'Bridges, Northbridge has won five of the past six games. The Rams (8-2) have perhaps the most prolific offense in CMass and it all starts with one of the most dangerous quarterbacks anywhere in Matt Phelan, who can run, pass and play defense. Phelan (117 carries, 819 yards, 20 touchdowns on the ground and 129 for 219, 1,735 yards, 15 touchdowns in the air) is difficult to stop. The Rams also boast one of the more athletic group of weapons on offense with Dan Clasby (272 rushing yards and 28 catches for 446 yards receiving), Ben O’Donnell (26 catches, 386 yards), Jake Ryan (35 catches, 384 yards) and Dalton LaChapelle (28 catches, 319 yards).

Uxbridge (3-7) has a good running game led by Joe Fitzgerald (80 carries for 660 yards) and Jared Stewart (80 carries for 549 yards). Jake Taparausky (681 yards passing) leads the air attack. 

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