Roger Brown's First & 10: On any given Thursday
Nashua South has perhaps the best offensive player in the state in quarterback Trevor Knight, and South beat North 35-27 during the regular season in a game that was more one-sided than the eight-point margin would indicate.
North didn't make the playoffs last season and dropped a regular-season game to a South team that made the Division I semifinals, but overcame a 13-point deficit to stun Knight-led South, 14-13, on Thanksgiving.
Thursday's game will be the 10th Thanksgiving Day contest between North and South. South, which used to play Bishop Guertin of Nashua on Thanksgiving, leads the series 6-3, and has beaten North in 13 of 20 overall meetings.
"We're not going to have a problem getting them ready to play," Scott Knight said. "That's a non-factor. This is usually our second meeting (in the same season), so for one team it's a redemption game."
Robie said keeping the South offense off the field and limiting the number of big plays the Panthers produce are among the things North will have to do to give itself a chance to win.
Rob Pike will conclude his first season as Salem's head coach with a home game against Lawrence, Mass., tonight (6 p.m.). Salem went 3-6 during the regular season after going winless in 2012.
"I wish we had done better from a record standpoint, but the kids continued to work hard to get better," Pike said. "We probably played our best game against Londonderry, and that's a good sign.
Lawrence finished with a 3-7 record, but won three of its final five games after an 0-5 start.
Manchester Central (7-3) will face Trinity of Manchester (8-3) in Thursday's 33rd Annual Manchester Turkey Bowl. Trinity knocked off Central 27-21 last year to win its first city championship since 1997. Here is each Manchester school's record in the Turkey Bowl:
Three Thanksgiving Day rivalries ended last year. The Merrimack/Souhegan of Amherst, Dover/Portsmouth and Spaulding of Rochester/Somersworth games that have been played on Thanksgiving in past seasons will not be played this year.
Roger Brown covers high school football for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.