By Adam Hurwitz
On Thanksgiving, the Newton South varsity football team will be closing out a challenging season with their annual game against a strong Lincoln-Sudbury team that is currently 8-2. Coming in as the underdogs, the Lions must have near perfect execution to win the game, but a win would mean everything to the team to end such a tough season.
This rivalry game is the 44th meeting between the two teams on Turkey Day, dating back to 1973. South is currently behind in the series 11-32-1.
Head Coach Ted Dalicandro believes the team needs to do everything right on Thursday to pull off an unlikely victory.
“We’re going to have to play as close to a perfect game as possible”, he said. “ [We have to] control the ball with our running game and limit their big play ability.”
Dalicandro’s core of senior captains agree that blocking, ball protection, physicality, and all out toughness from the beginning of the game is essential in order to beat a Warriors team that is undefeated in conference play. Winning would mean the world to each of them, as this contest will be their final high school game.
“This game is our super bowl, so it means a lot to the seniors,” captain Dylan Meehan said.
Captain Sasha Hoban agrees that a win would require everything left in the tank, but would be amazing to go out with.
“We are going to need to play physical and play like we have nothing to lose. A big win would be awesome. The season has been a grind, so ending it the right way and going out on top as seniors would be awesome.”
A win will be difficult, and the Lion’s are the underdogs, but Dalicandro believes that his team can pull off a major upset on Thursday morning.
“I’m expecting a tough game,” he said, “[but I hope we] can control the clock, control the ball, win the battle up front, and win the game.”