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Attleboro v. North Attleboro historic rivalry

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Nicole Gerber


NORTH ATTLEBORO - Thanksgiving Day football games are a long–standing tradition. But for two schools in Massachusetts it's a rivalry more than 9 decades in the making.

It's a tale as old as time for Attleboro and North Attleboro... the two teams have been rivals for 93 years. And while there's no doubt each side wants to claim a Thanksgiving victory, the teams embody the spirit of the holiday by being thankful for each other.

"We consider it like... cousins. We're from the North, they're from the South, we wish for each other to win every game... except for Thanksgiving, said Kurt Cummer, Athletic Director and Dean of Students for North Attleboro.

The rivalry began when the town of North Attleboro broke off from the city of Attleboro, and fans have embraced the match up for almost as long.

"I've been coming to this game since I was 12 years old.... 40 years!" said Scott Debuc, who is originally from Attleboro and now watches his son play for North Attleboro.

"You know just growing up as a kid and waiting to, you know, put on the red and white and go out there and have the brawl with Attleboro on the field every year," said Garrette Vandette, a former player for North Attleboro.

"We played against each other, our fathers played against each other, our uncles played against each other so there's a very close knit rivalry and it's very heated but it's a lot of fun," said Cummer.

Though the competition is tough and each side wants victory for itself, these two teams have come to enjoy their rivalry. They've accepted that they need each other in order to keep it going.

"I know personally, and my family, I think we'd hate to see the Thanksgiving Day rivalry come to an end," said Vandette.

At the end of the day it was an Attleboro victory. They took the game 34 to 19.

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