BRAINTREE (CBS) — Tradition lives on in Braintree because Milton and Braintree High Schools decided to play their annual Thanksgiving Day football game on Thursday. Nearly two dozen schools decided to move their games to Wednesday night because of the blistering cold temperatures.
Milton and Braintree were originally among those schools. But after protests and an online petition with more than 1,800 signatures, school officials moved the game back to Thursday morning.READ MORE: Garth Brooks Announces Date For First-Ever Gillette Stadium Concert
Braintree student Kristen Reuss says, “I signed the petition to get it changed and was really happy when it was changed.”
Braintree Head Football Coach, Brian Chamberlain, says, “I’m a traditionalist. I’ve played on Thanksgiving. I’ve coached on Thanksgiving the whole time. This is when we should be playing.”
“Our kids wanted to play on Thanksgiving Day,” adds Milton coach Steve Dembowski, although he said would have been fine with slightly warmer weather.Celtics Shed Salary, Acquire Bol Bol In 3-Team Trade With Nuggets And Spurs
“I played on Thanksgiving Day and it’s something that we look forward to,” says Braintree graduate Thiago Vinto.
It was 16 degrees at kickoff. During the game, we saw some fans going to their cars to warm up for a few minutes.
Braintree Running back and Game MVP, Billy Silvia, says it he was glad they got to play on the holiday. “It was special for us to get this on this day. We really wanted to have our final moments together on this field on a day game. Ending right now.”MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Gas Prices Up $1 A Gallon In A Year And Expected To Keep Rising
Braintree won the game 35-21.