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Turkey Day Preview: Gansett vs. EG, NK vs. SK

The Rebels will be favored for the first time in a while in a football game, and the Mariners have a possible playoff preview with East Greenwich.

Thanksgiving means many things to many different people, and for a large portion of the community, it’ll be a day dominated by football.

The Narragansett Mariners will host the East Greenwich Avengers, while the South Kingstown Rebels travel to North Kingstown to face the Skippers. It’s the traditional rivalry game for both teams.

Here are our capsule previews for both. All statistics from Rhode Island High School Sports and the RIIL.

NARRAGANSETT VS. EAST GREENWICH

The Mariners (5-4, 4-3 Division III) host the Avengers (8-1, 6-1 Division III) at 10 a.m. at Narragansett High School. Although both teams are playoff bound, the Thanksgiving showdown won’t factor into this at all. The seedings for the Division III playoffs are already set, with East Greenwich locked in at No. 2, and Narragansett in at No. 4.

Middletown finished its Division III schedule 8-0, locking up the top seed. No. 3 Moses Brown (7-3, 6-2 Division III) is a half-game behind East Greenwich and lost head-to-head to the Avengers. Ponagansett, currently fifth in Division III, is a half-game behind Narragansett and lost head-to-head against the Mariners.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how both teams handle the traditional Turkey Day matchup. If Narragansett upsets Middletown in the playoffs, then the Mariners could face the Avengers twice in a three-week span.

Dating back to 2000, when the Thanksgiving series began, Narragansett holds a 7-5 advantage. Narragansett won 29-22 in 2011, and 20-6 in 2010. East Greenwich won 26-17 in 2009.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN VS. NORTH KINGSTOWN

Both the Rebels (1-10, 0-8 Division I) and the Skippers (2-7, 1-6 Division II-B) will be playing for pride during a season-ending Thanksgiving game.

Given their records in their respective divisions, both teams are left out of their respective division playoffs. However, the Skippers have their best chance for a win since 2008.

It’s been a down year for South Kingstown, as the Rebels have gone winless in Division I play. Their lone win came in the season-opening Injury Fund matchup with Division II Chariho. The Chargers finished the year 3-7 overall, and 2-5 in Division II-A play.

In contrast, the Skippers have managed to win two games, although only one in league play. North Kingstown also hasn’t won a game since Sept. 22, a 49-14 win against Pilgrim.

On Thanksgiving, something will have to give. (Or, the teams could tie – You never know.)

All-time, South Kingstown leads the Thanksgiving series 13-6, if you include games dating back to 1946. In the modern series of 2000 to 2011, the Rebels lead 7-5. South Kingstown won in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and North Kingstown won 28-20 in 2008.

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We realize that a lot of people are typically at these games, and while we try our best to provide staff-generated photos and video, we realize that community members can be a great source as well, especially when it comes to crowd shots and media.

So, if you’re going to be at the game and taking photos, let us know beforehand, either via the comments section or e-mail. That way, we can contact you once our coverage is initially posted, and then you can upload the relevant media.

This is your chance to feel fantabulously famous and special! (Note: Management does not guarantee fame.)

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