Stamford, Westhill high schools face off in traditional Thanksgiving football game

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Family, food and high school football - Thanksgiving Day for many local families is all about the traditional rivalry game between Stamford and Westhill High School.

“We’ve got great fans, a great community. The purple pack and black knight nation come together… all in good fun. At the end of the day, we’re all brothers, we’re all sisters,” said Stamford High School Principal Raymond Manka.

Players tell News 12 that many of the current football players grew up playing together but were separated in high school due to district lines. The Thanksgiving game brings them back together on one field.

The Frank Robotti Trophy is awarded to the winner and declares the team as a city public school champion. There is also a bigger, citywide championship on the line.

"It's so much fun,” says cheerleader Charlotte Ginolfi. “The energy is so amazing.”

 

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