Results for Top Rivalry 2012
These two teams meet in front of a crowd of roughly 6,000 fans every Thanksgiving morning before everyone carves their turkeys. Proceeds are split between the two schools, which help to sustain both of the schools' athletic programs for the year. With Ansonia and Naugatuck being just 10 miles apart, the game is the thing to do in the area and brings together generations. Ansonia leads the legendary series, which celebrates the 113th meeting this fall, 66-36-10.
New London, Conn.
This rivalry is so popular it's the subject of Brian Girasoli's book entitled "The Norwich Free Academy v. New London Football Rivalry". Widely regarded as the oldest high school football rivalry in the nation, Norwich Free and New London have been doing battle since 1875. This matchup has all the drama that makes heated rivalries so intriguing, from vandalism by students to alleged biased officiating. In 1951, a huge brawl put the heated rivalry on ice for two years before it resumed.
This game, which is played every Thanksgiving, draws upwards of 10,000 fans. The winner takes home a coveted trophy that they keep for bragging rights throughout the year. The festivities begin the Tuesday before the big game with a luncheon that brings together old players, fans, alumni and both towns' mayors to share old stories about the 102-year old rivalry.