WPCNR VIEW FROM THE 50. From Stepinac High School. November 14, 2016 UPDATED, NOVEMBER 16:
After a three year hiatus, a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition in White Plains returns Thursday, November 24 when Stepinac High School’s Crusaders and White Plains High School’s Tigers football teams compete in the Turkey Bowl to be held at White Plains High School’s Loucks Field, not Stepinac High School as originally publicized, Stepinac High School confirmed today.
The classic match-up between the friendly rival teams is expected to attract thousands of fans from both schools and the general White Plains community to Loucks Field. The contest begins at 10:30 AM, Thanksgiving Day
Tickets can be purchased only at the main offices of both schools, starting Monday, November 21. Advance prices are $5 for adults and $2 for students. The cost is $5 for all tickets when purchased on day of the game.
The Turkey Bowl dates to 1971. The Crusaders and Tigers played 42 consecutive games until 2013 when the Tigers were ineligible to play by the NY State Sports Standards because it competed in the in the Class AA state championships shortly before Thanksgiving. In 2014 and 2015, the Stepinac Crusaders were disqualified for similar reasons because they won the CHSFL AAA titles less than one week before Thanksgiving. They also went on to compete in the first-ever state CHSAA state championships shortly after Thanksgiving and captured the top honor last year.
The Stepinac Crusaders won six of the last seven Turkey Bowls including three straight wins.