Dartmouth High football team closes year with Thanksgiving win

Nov 22, 2018

The bitter cold and the Fairhaven Blue Devils football team proved to be no match for Dartmouth High, as the Indians took home a 14-13 win to end the season.

The Thanksgiving Day rivalry battle got off to a slow start, with the score at 0-0 – and wind-chills to match – at the end of the first quarter. Of course, the weather was not exactly getting to the team.

“It was frozen today, but what a beautiful day to play football,” said Head Coach Rick White. “We prepared for the weather. It’s New England, we told our kids to start in the heat and finish in the cold. That’s what we do.”

Things heated up – although not by much temperature-wise – in the second quarter.The Indians secured the first touchdown of the game. After a failed two-point conversion, it led the Indians to a 6-0 lead. The Blue Devils gained its own touchdown to match several minutes later, taking the lead 7-6 with the extra point.

In the third quarter, the Indians put its second touchdown on the board, but with another failed conversion attempt, took the lead 12-7.

With several minutes remaining in the fourth, the Blue Devils regained the lead with a touchdown. On Fairhaven’s two-point conversion attempt, it turned out the third time's the charm for Dartmouth: Indian Nate Oliver gained control of the ball and ran it 90 yards to the endzone, regaining Dartmouth’s lead 14-13.

“The ball went behind him, I took the chance and got it in my hands,” Oliver said, noting throughout the season White had trained him to keep an eye out for opportunities during conversions.

The win serves as the final game for the team’s seniors.

“It’s a happy and sad feeling,” said senior captain Owen Guilbeault. “I’m happy we won the game. I’m sad it’s the last time I’ll be wearing the green and white. I’m just happy I did it here with my best friends on the team.”