IT DOESN’T look like Trinity High School will be involved in Manchester’s Thanksgiving Day football game this year. Or anytime in the near future, for that matter.
According to Trinity coach Rob Cathcart, the Pioneers are scheduled to play St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover on Thanksgiving eve this year. If all goes according to plan, that game will be held on Trinity’s new turf field at Derryfield Park.
In previous years, the four Manchester high schools that offer varsity football — Central, Memorial, Trinity and West — were eligible to play in the Thanksgiving Day game. The two teams with the best record each year met for the city championship, and a point system was used to account for the difference in competition between divisions. Central and Memorial compete in Division I, West is a Division II school and Trinity is in Division III.
Cathcart and St. Thomas director of athletics Ryan Brown both said the plan is for St. Thomas and Trinity to meet on the night before Thanksgiving each year moving forward. St. Thomas, which competes in Division II, currently has plans to build a football field that has lights.
“It’s supposed to be a series, so we’ll play the night before Thanksgiving next year at St. Thomas,” Cathcart said.
Trinity won’t be able to play all of its home games on its new turf field this year, but Cathcart said it’s possible the Pioneers could play home games there before the end of the regular season.
“I guess the best way to put it is the field is scheduled to be complete enough to participate on before the season is over,” Cathcart said. “Based on the contractor’s feedback and the interest from the school administration I think that we will likely play a game or two on the field this year — maybe the last (regular season) game of the season or a playoff game.”
Central vs. West, and Nashua North vs. Nashua South were New Hampshire’s only Thanksgiving games last year. The Central-West game was played on Thanksgiving eve.
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• The Queen City Jamboree will be held at Gill Stadium on Friday. The freshman jamboree will be played at Gill Stadium on Thursday.
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