According to the Boston Globe, the Wellesley Raiders varsity football team will play their annual rivalry game against Needham at Fenway Park this Thanksgiving. The game is currently scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. on November 26 between the 3-0 Raiders and the 1-2 Needham Rockets.
Players say they are already gearing up for the 128th annual meeting of Wellesley and Needham, which is known as the longest running rivalry in high school football. “It’s an awesome opportunity and we’re all really looking forward to it,” said Brendan Dolan ’17.
The players say they are especially excited about the varsity team this year after having won their first three games against Peabody, Framingham, and Natick. “It’s kind of a surreal feeling, knowing that we have the talent and drive this year to beat all the teams on our schedule,” said Chase Connolly ’16, who plays left defensive end. “But being able to play a venue like Fenway for our last high school game ever is something that I can’t even comprehend.”
Other players say they’re looking forward to representing the town community. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity and excited to represent my school and town,” said William Cramer ’16, who plays inside linebacker.
Connolly says he credits the opportunity to the work ethic of his team. “The only reason we can play there [Fenway Park] is because of all the hard work our team has put in, and all the hard work our program and fundraisers have put in and just the Wellesley community in general,” said Connolly. “This year, the seniors are playing to win and nothing else.”
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(Matt Lieberman ’16, Editor-in-Chief)