Western Massachusetts high school students play games despite cold temperatures

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It was a busy day for football in western Massachusetts.

Although it was one of the colder Thanksgivings in recent years, it didn’t stop people from coming out to the game.

Dozens of high schools across western Massachusetts played their annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry games.

Fans bundled up and braved the cold to support their local teams.

Though we reached record low temperatures here in western Massachusetts the cold weather didn’t stop people from enjoying a turkey day tradition,” said Kyle Powers.

“Even back when I was a player, you would’ve caught me out here in a t-shirt. The cold never stopped me from playing.”

Easthampton-Northampton and Holyoke-South Hadley were two of the matchups on the gridiron Thursday morning.

Former players told 22News they were happy to see the younger players carry on the tradition.

“It’s about the love of the program, you play with all these guys when you’re little up to being a senior in high school,” said Beau Garbarini, Northampton High School alumni.  “You grow with them and then the program means a lot to you so you come back every year no matter what.

The final scores of those games were 28-26 Northampton and 28-20 South Hadley.

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