All-time Thanksgiving series: Northeast leads, 9-6, including 7-2 on the holiday 

Essex Tech Points For/Points Against avg.: 5.6 PF, 16.8 PA

Northeast Regional Points For/Points Against avg. 21.0 PF, 28.8 PA

Essex Tech's top players: Connor Drigotas, Sr. FB/LB, (134 rushes, 555 yards, 1 TD, averaging 4.2 yards per carry); Jacob Dumont, Sr., RB, CB, (114 rushes, 464 yards, 3 TDs, averaging 4.1 yards per carry); Devin Lebron, Fr., QB.

Northeast Regional's top players: Owen Halley, Sr., QB (700 yards passing with 3 TDs, over 500 yards rushing); Jack Craven, Sr., TE; Israel Lainez, Jr., FB (rushed for over 600 yards); Jamie Helfer, Sr. (leading receiver); Treva Hughes, Sr.HB (rushed for over 700 yards).

Essex Tech keys to victory: The offense has to finish drives to have a chance against a competitive Knights squad. Head coach Dan Connors is looking for somebody to step up and make a play on offense. The Hawks will have to cut down on the number of mistakes that led to a 42-6 loss a year ago.

Northeast Regional keys to victory: Dominate with a very big offensive line and use physicality to overpower Hawks. Craven is a big, hard-to-stop tight end with the size of an offensive tackle, sure hands, and a strong blocker. The Knights can't take anything for granted.

Potential Unsung Heroes: Anthony Bruzzee of Essex Tech is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior wide receiver with the ability to beat people one-on-one. The Hawks have had trouble throwing, but he could be a game breaker if they can get him the ball. For the Knights, coach Don Heres hopes all his seniors step up in their last game

Essex Tech seniors: Jaiden Anja, WR/FS; Deepanshu Basra, DT; Thurston Blaisdell, OT; Connor Drigotas, FB/LB; Jacob Dumont, WB/CB; Liam Hudson, LB; John McClellan, LB; Mike Medeiros, S; John Ranieri, SS; Malakai Roy, K; Jacob Rust, DE; Lou Shkliew, OT/DE;


No. Name Yr. Pos.

 3 Jacob Anja Sr. WR

52 Thurston Blaisdell Sr. LT

73 Matt Innis Jr. LG

54 Trevor O'Neil Fr. C

50 Tyler Geary Jr. RG

59 Lou Shkliew Sr. RT

80 Anthony Bruzzee Jr. WR

12 Devin Lebron Fr. QB

21 Connor Drigotas Sr. FB

 1 Rocco Schirripa Jr. WB

 6 Jacob Dumont Sr. WB


No. Name Yr. Pos.

59 Lou Shkliew Sr. DE

35 Carmen Avola Jr. DT

50 Tyler Geary Jr. NT

45 Jacob Rust Sr. DE

67 Liam Hudson Sr. OLB

56 Tommy Gale Jr. MLB

67 Liam Hudson Sr. OLB

 6 Jacob Dumont Sr. CB

 3 Jaiden Anja Sr. FS

44 John Ranieri Sr. SS

14 Addison Twiss Jr. CB


No. Name Yr. Pos.

56 Jacob Engel Sr. LT

78 Nick Hartman Sr. LG

53 John McDonough Soph. C

60 Angel Moldonado Soph. RG

50 Justin Engel Soph. RT

17 Alvin Rivera Jr. TE

92 Jack Craven Sr. TE

15 Owen Halley Sr. QB

33 Israel Lainez Jr. FB

24 Treva Hughes Sr. LHB

14 Jamie Helfer Sr. RHB


No. Name Yr. Pos.

99 Henry Annese Sr. TE

56 Jake Engel Sr. DT

92 Jack Craven Sr. DT

 2 Trevor Tango Jr. TE

17 Alvin Rivera Jr. OLB

24 Treva Hughes Sr. MLB

60 Angel Moldonado Soph. MLB

20 Shayne Belliveau Sr. CB

88 Brad Largent Sr. S

22 Josh Yandoli Sr. S

18 Donovan McMillian Sr. CB


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