In a football town such as Everett, Thanksgiving Day football is about as desirable as the turkey being served in many households across the nation on the holiday.
This season, Everett football fans and Everett High players and coaches will have to go without the main course and all its fixings as the team could not find an opponent in time for Thanksgiving Day.
Although lamenting the lack of football on the much-anticipated fall holiday, Everett Coach Robert DiLoreto has some plans to celebrate the team and all their success this season.
“It is a very empty feeling for our team, coaches and players to not have a game on Thanksgiving this year because Thanksgiving morning is all about high school football in Massachusetts. We hope to find a new and long lasting rivalry starting next season,” said DiLoreto.
The third-year Everett coach prefers the new team be within the Greater Boston League to ensure the rivalry remains but also to help both sides reduce game day travel time.
Last season, the Tide played against St. Johns of Shrewsbury and prior to that played against Masconomet High School.
“We knew geographically it wouldn’t be a lasting fit with the distance to Shrewsbury so we are hoping for a GBL team to step up and play us because it’s a special day for us,” said DiLoreto, who signed a one-year pact with St. Johns last season.
DiLoreto, who holds a formidable career record of 20-3 with the Crimson Tide, has plans to gather the Everett Football Family one last time this year.
“We are planning to get our team together for a break up pizza party very soon to celebrate our season,” he said.