Oldest continuous rivalry in the country to be preceded by celebratory events
By Jerry DiStefano
The Malden High Golden Tornadoes will host the Medford Mustangs Thursday morning at Malden’s newly refurbished Macdonald Stadium, for the 125th anniversary between these two competitive long-time rivals on Thanksgiving Day.
The Tornadoes know that a game as prestigious as this one means a great deal to everyone involved—from the players to the coaches and all the way down to the fans. Malden has been dominating the matchup as of late, taking the last three in convincing fashion. Malden Head Coach Joe Pappagallo knows that if his team isn’t prepared properly they could be in trouble.
“This is going to be a very competitive football game. We will have to be good in all three phases of the game or we are going to come out on the wrong end. Medford will…bring their best when Thursday comes rolling around, and we have to be ready for that,” Pappagallo said.
Malden’s quarterback Jake Martino and halfback Ray Sainristil have been the leaders week in and week out for the Tornadoes. It is going to take a great collective team effort to earn a victory against the Mustangs.
“The key to the game is we have to be focused for all four quarters and play our best at crucial times in the game. We have had too many games where we have had mental lapses that have probably cost us the game. Our record is 2–8, but we could easily be 6–4 if we just had a little bit of better focus across the board. I feel my team will be more than ready when Thursday morning approaches,” Pappagallo stated.
The Tornado offense seems to be clicking at the right time: Malden accumulated over 380 yards of total offense in its last game against No. 2 Everett. The offense has been inconsistent for Malden throughout the year, but the Tornadoes are coming into Thursday as confident as ever.
“We have been progressing as a team each week. We struggled on both sides of the ball at various points throughout the season, but we seem to have corrected those struggles in a positive manner. We actually took extra time on special teams this week, because we know just how important every snap and every play will be on Thursday,” Pappagallo stated.
Malden is looking to notch its third win of the season, and its fourth continuous against the Mustangs on Turkey Day.
“I told my team just the other day, we are good enough to manhandle this team, or we can be bad enough to lose to this team, the choice is yours,” Pappagallo stated.
The Malden–Medford game is the oldest continuous rivalry in the country. For the first time ever—the Thanksgiving Day game can be viewed LIVE by logging onto the City website at www.cityofMalden.org.
The following are some of the events planned leading up to this special game:
● Get your Game merchandise! Commemorative shirts and sweatshirts will be sold at the game or by contacting Maryann Finn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Collectable commemorative tickets will be issued! They will cost $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be available at the Malden High School Athletic Office or at Macdonald Stadium on game day.
● The Golden Tornadoes will host a reception for all former coaches, captains, and players from Malden and Medford on Sunday, November 18, at Fizz Ed’z, 142 Pleasant Street at 6:00 p.m..
Game Day Schedule:
● 9:30 a.m.–Dedication of the Domenic Fermano Field House
● Immediately following–Senior player introductions and introductions of former Malden/Medford Alumni.
● 10:00 a.m.–Kickoff!
● Half-Time–Eastern Mass Champions Malden Varsity Softball Team will receive their rings.