Indians fall to Blue Devils in annual Thanksgiving game
FAIRHAVEN — The Dartmouth High football team ended its 2022 season with a 14-7 loss against holiday rival Fairhaven in their annual Thanksgiving morning matchup on Nov. 24 — the second straight win for the Blue Devils.
This is the 97th year the two have faced off on Thanksgiving Day.
“It’s pretty amazing that [it’s] been going on for this long and I get to play in it and be part of the rivalry,” senior offensive lineman Jakob Lancaster said in a senior highlight video by Dartmouth Community Television.
The two started things off by trading possession throughout the first quarter.
Dartmouth had the chance to open things up following a 38-yard run from Markus Andrews to put the Indians deep into Blue Devil territory, but a broken pass to junior Donavan Burgo resulted in a turnover on downs.
Dartmouth’s defense stood tall though, forcing the Blue Devils to punt after a three and out.
Despite the strong defensive start, Fairhaven opened the scoring midway through the second quarter thanks to a series of no-huddle plays resulting in a rushing touchdown on a 4th & 1 in the Dartmouth red zone.
The Indians then evened things up late in the half thanks to a rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Ray Gramlich set up by a blocked punt from junior Chace Feno.
Fairhaven regained the lead with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The Indians nearly tied things up again midway through the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devil defense stood tall near its goal line.
With the loss, the Indians (who consisted mostly of sophomores and juniors) finished the season with a 4-7 record.