PORTLAND – The second oldest Thanksgiving day rivalry will renew again this Thursday when Portland and Deering officially close the high school football season.
This will be the 109th meeting between these two longtime rivals, and it comes after last year’s Turkey Bowl was canceled due to the pandemic.
“This is a privilege for us to be able to go out there, play one last time as a team and really play for our community and everyone that came before us,” said Deering head coach John Hardy.
Even before that, there was talk of possibly canceling the Turkey Bowl due to dwindling numbers, but the game is back and the players and coaches are glad it’s still here.
“I think we’re playing not only for ourselves and our seniors, but for the people that helped start the game in the first place,” said Portland head coach Jason McLeod.