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Check Out Our New Needham-Wellesley Thanksgiving Football Page

It’s the Oldest Public High School Football Rivalry in the Country every Thanksgiving, Needham vs. Wellesley! Right here is your home for all of our broadcasts and specials relating to this historic rivalry that dates back to 1882!


November 23, 2023

Needham capped off one of their best seasons in years. Less than a week after falling in the State Semis, the Rockets closed out their schedule against their oldest rivals. Needham Senior Tate Hoffmeister finished off a stellar season with an all-time Turkey Day performance.


November 24, 2022

It's been a long time since Needham had a chance to host the game at Memorial Park, so it was a great way to end the season!


November 25, 2021

For the first time in two years the Oldest Public High School Rivalry in the Country was played on Thanksgiving, from Hunnewell Field in Wellesley. And it was a true classic, going to overtime, first time in the rivalry since 2010.

TNC Thanksgiving Football Covid-19 Special

November 2020

This special looks back on the previous 20 or so years of Turkey Day football games between the Rockets and the Raiders. See our panel relive some exciting moments in the recent history of the rivalry, with Mike Levin joined by Mike Riley, Mike Fraini, Karl Schofield, Bill Dermody and Robbie Johnson.

A Game to Remember: Thanksgiving 1994

25 Year Anniversary: 2019

Mike Levin hosts a look back on this exciting entry in the Oldest High School Football Rivalry in the Country, with Scott Stevens (former TNC Play By Play Announcer), Roy Johan (former NHS Head Football Coach), and 2 captains of the team, Dan Hopkin and Dan Scalia.


November 28, 2019

A rough entry for Needham as Wellesley dominated at home, culminating with a very forgettable finish.


November 22, 2018

In the coldest Thanksgiving on record, the Rockets and Raiders had a fabulous back and forth that came down to the end.

30 Years of Needham-Wellesley Football on TNC

November 2017

Mike Levin and Chris Dugan host a look back on the first three decades of Needham Channel coverage of the Oldest Public High School Football Rivalry in the Country: Needham vs. Wellesley.


November 23, 2017

For the first time since 2013, the rivalry returns to Hunnewell Field in Wellesley.


November 24, 2016

Wellesley dominates Needham at Memorial Field.


November 26, 2015

For the first time ever, the Needham-Wellesley Thanksgiving Football game is held at Fenway Park. It is now one of the signature contests in The Oldest Public High School Football Rivalry in the Country!


November 27, 2014

For the fourth time in five years, Needham downed their long time rivals.


November 28, 2013

Wellesley snapped a three year losing streak in the Oldest Public High School Football Rivalry in the Country.


November 22, 2012

Needham picks up their third straight win in the Oldest Public High School Football Rivalry in the Country.


November 24, 2011

A dominant performance by Needham, who was on its way to its one and only appearance in a state championship game.


November 25, 2010

Overtime!!! The 2010 edition of the "Oldest Public High School Rivalry in the Country" features an incredible catch for the win!! Who caught it and which team won between Needham and Wellesley? You'll have to watch to find out!


November 22, 2007

It took overtime to decide the 2007 edition of the Needham-Wellesley Thanksgiving Football Game. Look back on this classic from "The Oldest Public High School Football Rivalry in the Country!!"


November 24, 1994

An overtime classic featuring one of the most unlikely game winners in history of Needham vs. Wellesley!