Note: Each day before the high school football season begins the Salem News sports staff will discuss a different topic as we Countdown to Kickoff.
What’s your favorite North Shore football rivalry?
PHIL STACEY: Beverly vs. Salem. Locally, it’s the benchmark for everything else; a series between neighboring towns of similar size and gridiron histories that dates back 123 years. When you refer to their annual Thanksgiving clash as “The Game,” sports fans in the area know exactly who you’re talking about.
MATT JENKINS: Marblehead vs. Swampscott. I’ll never forget Thanksgiving Day 2011, when the Swampscott team marched up the road behind Piper Field in Marblehead just minutes before kickoff while the host Magicians switched into special red jerseys before the game began. The place was electric for both sides.
MATT WILLIAMS: Peabody vs. Everett. In its heyday in the 1990s and into the 21st century, there were few substitutes statewide. The vocal, large fan bases didn’t like each other; the coaches sometimes didn’t exchange game films; the games were intense and always had Super Bowl implications.
GIANNA ADDARIO: Beverly vs. Salem. As a graduate of Bishop Fenwick, the Crusaders never really had a true rival, so that’s out. Instead, I’ll go with the great Thanksgiving Day rivalry between the Panthers and
JEAN DePLACIDO: St. John’s Prep vs. Everett. Great games between two of the state’s great programs.
DAN HARRISON: Hamilton-Wenham vs. Ipswich. This one’s easy; it’s the rivalry I was a part of.