East Providence, LaSalle meet for 85th time on Thanksgiving Day

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School-LaSalle Academy football rivalry reaches a noteworthy milestone in 2013 as the Townies and Rams square off on Thanksgiving Day for the 85th time Thursday morning, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. at Pierce Memorial Stadium.

Unlike several of the teams’ most recent encounters, however, neither is assured of playing beyond the holiday. The Townies, at 2-5 in the league, are of the mix for a berth in the upcoming Division I state championships. The Rams, at 3-4 in the D-I standings, need some help and some tiebreakers to fall their way if they hope be playing next Tuesday night, Dec. 3, in the state semifinals.

Regardless, the contest should once again be a spirited affair played in front of several thousands of spectators at the historic Pierce venue. Pride, of course, is on the line when the rivals meet. The host Townies will be seeking to end a six-game losing streak to the Rams. LaSalle hasn’t lost a holiday meeting against the Townies since 2006, when an East Providence squad en route to the state title defeated the Rams by a 12-8 score.

As for the D-I playoffs, Cranston East moved into the driver’s seat for the fourth and final postseason bid with its 40-19 win over South Kingstown Nov. 15. The Thunderbolts improved to 4-3 in the league standings. A victory over cross-city foe West would propel East into a semifinal round playoff game against top-seeded Barrington on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The first-place Eagles (7-1) suffered their first loss of the league season the same night, a 7-6 overtime setback to third-place Portsmouth (6-2). The Patriots already know their playoff fate, Portsmouth traveling to second-seeded and reigning state champ Hendricken (7-1) for a semi contest also on Dec. 3.

For East Providence, its Nov. 15 loss to Cranston West proved  proved the end of the Townies’ playoff hopes.

LaSalle’s postseason aspirations also took a severe hit that same Friday evening as the Rams suffered a 27-22 loss to Hendricken. LaSalle, like East Providence, saw its postseason hopes all but dissipate after its setback and Cranston East’s victory.

The Rams, who defeated Cranston West this season, need the Falcons to defeat the Thunderbolts on Thanksgiving, which would send the race for the fourth and final playoff berth to tiebreakers with all three teams having finished the regular season 4-4 and each having defeated one and lost to the other.

East Providence vs. LaSalle

Thanksgiving Day Football

Series: LaSalle 47-35-2

Results by decade

20s: 1927- E. Providence, 6-0, 1928- Unknown, 1929- LaSalle, 19-6 (first-ever Thanksgiving Day game)
30s: 1930- E. Providence, 8-0, 1931- E. Providence, 8-0, 1932- LaSalle, 13-0, 1933- Tied  0-0, 1934- Tied  0-0, 1935- LaSalle, 6-0, 1936- LaSalle, 18-6, 1937- E. Providence, 14-0, 1938- LaSalle 13-0 , 1939- E. Providence, 10-0
40s: 1940- Tied, 1941- LaSalle, 12-0 , 1942- LaSalle, 12-0 , 1943- LaSalle, 19-6 , 1944- LaSalle, 13-0, 1945- LaSalle, 13-0, 1946- LaSalle, 18-12, 1947- LaSalle, 24-6, 1948- LaSalle, 19-0, 1949- E. Providence, 19-0
50s: 1950- E. Providence, 13-6, 1951- LaSalle, 7-0, 1952- LaSalle, 24-0, 1953- E. Providence, 13-0, 1954- E. Providence, 13-7, 1955- LaSalle, 26-0, 1956- LaSalle, 26-7, 1957- LaSalle, 24-7, 1958- LaSalle, 26-14, 1959- LaSalle, 19-14
60s: 1960- E. Providence, 25-13, 1961- E. Providence, 21-7, 1962- E. Providence, 16-0, 1963- E. Providence, 27-14, 1964- E. Providence, 16-0, 1965- E. Providence, 14-6, 1966- E. Providence, 57-7 , 1967- E. Providence, 27-0, 1968- LaSalle, 27-20 , 1969- E. Providence, 17-0
70s: 1970- E. Providence, 13-6, 1971- LaSalle, 14-7, 1972- E. Providence, 34-12, 1973- E. Providence, 28-26, 1974- LaSalle, 12-10 , 1975- LaSalle, 29-22, 1976- LaSalle, 20-7, 1977- E. Providence, 13-7, 1978- E. Providence, 17-0, 1979- E. Providence, 29-0
80s: 1980- E. Providence, 39-14, 1981- LaSalle, 20-0, 1982- E. Providence, 20-7, 1983- E. Providence, 30-19 , 1984- E. Providence, 28-8 , 1985- LaSalle, 34-12  1986- LaSalle, 30-7, 1987- LaSalle, 26-15, 1988- LaSalle, 26-20, 1989- LaSalle, 20-6
90s: 1990- LaSalle, 45-0, 1991- LaSalle, 44-36, 1992- LaSalle, 50-6, 1993- E. Providence, 41-6, 1994- LaSalle, 28-22, 1995- E. Providence, 8-6, 1996- LaSalle, 34-12, 1997- E. Providence, 34-6, 1998- E. Providence, 31-6 , 1999- E. Providence, 33-8
00s: 2000- LaSalle, 14-6, 2001- LaSalle, 35-6, 2002- LaSalle, 21-12, 2003- E. Providence, 28-27 OT, 2004- LaSalle, 26-7, 2005- LaSalle, 15-7, 2006- E. Providence, 12-8, 2007- LaSalle, 21-19, 2008- LaSalle, 54-28, 2009- LaSalle, 48-34;
10s: 2010, LaSalle, 14-6; 2011: LaSalle, 34-14; 2012: LaSalle, 34-0

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