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November 23, 2013

Heart and Soul

Marblehead's Cressy a vital contributor

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Despite what happened in their first meeting, though, Marblehead is prepared for what's in store come Thursday morning on their home turf.

"It's been 6-7 since we saw them, so I'm sure they've switched everything up since then and are a whole new team now," Cressy said of the Big Blue. "We've also put in a lot of good stuff since then. All we need to is execute like we did the first time we saw them."

Swampscott (4-6) has won seven of the last 10 Thanksgiving Day games, including last year's 25-16 victory. The Big Blue head into Thursday's contest riding a three-game win streak, while Marblehead is shaking off only their second loss of the season, coming last Saturday in the Division 3 North final to Tewksbury.

The Magicians, however, haven't lost two games in a row all season — and don't want that streak ending on the holiday.

"It's tough coming off a loss after making a good run in the playoffs," noted Cressy. "The last thing we want to do is end our season with a loss, especially on Thanksgiving.

"As a senior it's the game you've been looking forward to since the third grade playing youth football. For some of us, it'll be our last game on Piper Field. But at the same time, we have to treat it like any other game."

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