Not all of the high school football games played on Thanksgiving have a lot of meaning, and none of them count in the standings. But one game that is played on this day every year that has a lot of meaning to the football teams in the city of Manchester is the Turkey Bowl. For the past 2 years it's been Trinity and Manchester Central squaring off. Last year Central won 7-6 over Trinity, and this year they won 37-26.
Junior QB Riley Cote threw for 127 yards and 3 touchdowns. Senior WR/DB Junior Brown caught one of those TD's and he also had a 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception on defense late which sealed the win for the Little Green.
Both teams had their starters in the whole game, they were making adjustments during the game and substituting players in and out and calling timeouts late in the game. Simply put, they treated it like a championship. Trinity went undefeated this year and won the Division IV state championship, but Central showed that even though they missed the playoffs in Division I that they are indeed the city's best football team in 2011.