Deering junior Kenny Sweet throws Portland freshman quarterback Ryan Ruhlin for a loss during the teams’ 100th Thanksgiving Day meeting last week. Sweet was named Deering’s MVP for the game. The contest had a little of everything. Prior to kickoff, the Fitzpatrick Stadium press box was named for longtime Portland High teacher, historian and public address announcer Peter Gribbin. Then, the teams combined for 10 turnovers, the Rams rolled to a 33-0 win and controversy reigned at the end when Portland coach Mike Bailey felt that Deering was running up the score. Bailey kicked off instead of receiving after the final Rams’ touchdown and the coaches did not shake hands after the game.
Despite this interception by Portland sophomore Jayvon Pitts-Young, Deering cut the Bulldogs’ all-time Thanksgiving Day advantage to 54-39 with seven ties. Senior Seamus Kilbride was named the Portland MVP.