Almost century-old, annual high school football game coming to a close in Bristol County

SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) — A historic football game that has kicked off every year since the 1930s between Case and Somerset-Berkley high schools might be coming to an end. 

The game is played every year on Thanksgiving Day.

This decision was first made by the Case Cardinals, after years of blow out games in the Raiders favor. 

Koby Mitchell, a resident from Somerset, told ABC 6 News, “If you look at the last 20 years of that game, Case is 2 and 18 being outscored by nearly 500 points. It’s still not a competitive Thanksgiving game, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me”. 

Case High School playing in Division 7, wants to play a more equal opponent on Thanksgiving Day, and has found that in the Atlantis Charter School co-op team. 

Fans of Division 3, Somerset-Berkley, think there was a lack of communication about this decision, and have yet to find an opponent to play, in place of the historic opponent.

“What we would like to see is dialogue. Let’s open up dialogue on how this tradition can be preserved, saved, without simply unilaterally eliminating it,” Don Rebello, the former Somerset-Berkley principal said. 

ABC 6 reached out to Case to ask why administrators made the initial decision to end this game.

The Superintendent of Swansea schools, John Robidoux, responded that the schools did in fact talk about the decision together. 

“This discussion has taken place over the past several years and was finalized after this past year’s game. We decided that it is time to create a new tradition and play a team that is closer in divisional play for our athletes,” Robidoux said. 

He added that it is unfair to play a team that is four divisions apart. 

“It creates inequity,” he said, adding that the two wins the Cardinals have over the Raiders in the last 20 years, is enough evidence to move on. 

Mitchell agreed with the statement, “Division separation with the MIAA comes down to school population, but there is generally a reasoning behind it, but when you look at the scores, yeah it is really big.”

While some say that divisional separation is to blame, fans of Somerset-Berkley football don’t think that’s enough of a reason to move on. 

“There are a lot of factors other than simply population that contribute to the development of an effective football team,” Rebello said. 

The S-B Raiders fan base came up with a petition to save the game, and the tradition of it, almost reaching 1500 signatures already. 

There will be a school committee meeting on Tuesday at the Somerset-Berkley high school library, where the game would be on the agenda. 

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