Chicopee Comprehensive High School and Chicopee High School went head-to-head in the Battle of the River.
The Sword Game, which dates back to the late 1960s, is about bringing together two communities for the annual showdown to see who will take home the Mayor’s Sword.
Fans are either rooting for the maroon and gold or the blue and gold in the Battle of the River. Even in the cold, people still came out to cheer on their teams.
Chicopee Comp hosted this year’s Sword Game after an invasive species was discovered at Szot Park.
This year also marks the second Thanksgiving Sword Game and the fifth straight win for Chicopee Comp.
Principal of Chicopee Comprehensive High School Derek Morrison said, “So this rivalry game was something really special to Chicopee, so to lose this game due to the football alignment that had to go in about three years ago to find a real champion in the state we had to move this game to our Thanksgiving Day game to keep it. We simply couldn’t lose it.”
Morrison told 22News the Battle of the River used to go down in October drawing thousands of fans to watch the matchup.
Chicopee Comp defeated Chicopee High 54-6.