EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The battle of the Longmeadows. Every Thanksgiving, there’s a fierce rivalry between East Longmeadow and Longmeadow.
Cousins Johnny and Tony are too young to play high school football still, but you can bet they won’t be on the same team. “People think Longmeadow’s good, but they’re not. East Longmeadow’s a lot better,” said Johnny Ferrentino.
His cousin Tony Izzo said, “Longmeadow wins every year. East Longmeadow’s not going to win.”
Despite the seasonal rivalry, you could still see, not even the football field could really divide the neighboring towns.
One East Longmeadow fan, Courtney Ingalls, said she looks forward to this day so she can see friends from Longmeadow! “We usually don’t play them throughout the season, so it’s a lot of time to just spend time with friends that you don’t really get to see a lot,” Ingalls told 22News.
For many fans at this game, it wasn’t about winning or losing, it was about getting together with former classmates who have gone away to college and finally returned for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“It’s very different. Very different being on the sideline and not having my uniform on, but I got a brother on the team, so it’s really fun to watch him. I said hi to all the coaches. It’s Longmeadow East Longmeadow, it’s a fantastic tradition,” said Sam Schwartz, a 2015 graduate of Longmeadow High School. He added, “We win, the turkey tastes better.”
Thanksgiving is all about family tradition, and this one attracts alumni from decades ago to even the youngest future football stars in the making.
This year, Longmeadow got the best of East Longmeadow, coming away with a 36-18 win.