Panthers continue streak over Hawks in Thanksgiving day game

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Panthers continue streak over Hawks in Thanksgiving day game
A Marlborough player celebrates during the game against Hudson. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough High School varsity football defeated Hudson 32-16 in the 120th annual Thanksgiving day game. 

Marlborough Athletic Director Jeff Rudzinsky tweeted that this marked the 12th straight win the Panthers had over the Hawks. 

“The support we had today was awesome!” he wrote.

The Panthers started off strong with a score of 14-0 in the first half and managed to carry that strength throughout the game. 

Before the game, Marlborough Head Coach Sean Mahoney said he hoped his team would win because they were ready to defeat their rival. 

Winning the Thanksgiving game was “special” because the game is a tradition for Marlborough and Hudson residents, he said. 

“It’s a game that has a lot of memories. [And] It’s always the best win of the year, when we beat Hudson,” Mahoney said. 

The Panther’s main goal this season was to “play hard and be good teammates,” Mahoney added. 

Throughout the season, senior running back Nealon Stemple and junior Miguel Borges have been key offensive players, according to Mahoney. 

Hudson Head Coach Dan McAnespie called this Thanksgiving the “perfect day” for football, despite Hudson’s loss. 

“Our kids practiced hard all week and we were excited for the game,” he said. 

In a tweet, Hudson Athletics said, “Tough to see a great season end like this today but so proud of this team. Happy Thanksgiving to all of the players, coaches & their families.”

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