Sousa takes on Southie one last time

Eastie coach John Sousa addresses his team before his final Thanksgiving Day game. Photo by Patrick O'Connor

By Patrick O’Connor

The 92nd matchup between the East Boston football team and South Boston High takes place on Thanksgiving morning at White Stadium. Kick-off time is 9:30 a.m.

For East Boston coach John Sousa, the Turkey Day game will be his last as ends a fifteen year career as head coach. A 1968 graduate of East Boston High, he was captain of the football team in his senior year. His record from 1994 to the present stands at 117-44.  In 2004, he led the Jets to a Division 3A Super Bowl win and an undefeated season at 12-0.

In 2007, the Jets advanced to the superbowl, losing to Greater Lawrence, 19-6 in zero temperatures at Gillette Stadium and ending the season at 11-1.

This year, East Boston is back in form at 8-1 and clinched the North division title on November 13 with a 29-0 win over Madison Park.  The Jets are play-off bound after the Thanksgiving Day game and await finding out their opponent.

The Knights, led by Coach Sean Guthrie did not repeat last years spectacular season at 10-2 and winning the North division title.  The Knights are 2-7. Their two wins occurred against Hyde Park by a score of 46-6 and Charlestown at 40-0.

Both teams have been hard at practice in recent days and are eager for a Thanksgiving Day win. Last year, the Knights prevailed, winning the game by a score of 34-6. Overall, the Jets lead the series at 43-42-6.


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