By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The yearly showdown for the “Battle for the Bell” is steeped in tradition.
And the games between Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern have been watched and enjoyed by generations of fans and for the 57th consecutive campaign, the Rams and Lancers will once again engage in gridiron competition.
Here’s a look at the history of the games, preparing us for the showdown that will commence at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.
Battle of the Bell Records – A Quick History:
1959 — Bristol Central, 14-0 – Rams’ co-captain Jim Nocera scored both touchdowns to lead Central to victory in the first ever “Battle for the Bell” showdown.
1960 — Bristol Central, 20-0 – Central out-gained Eastern on the ground, 182 to 55, as the Rams shutout the Lancers.
1961 — Bristol Central, 20-0 – The Rams zipped up 251 rushing yards as the Central, once again, blanked Eastern by the same score from the previous season. To this point in history, the Lancers had not won a game in their three year existence.
1962 — Tie, 6-6 – Played a couple days after Thanksgiving, Eastern led 6-0 (Dave Emonds nabbed a 17 yard touchdown pass from Joe Galiette to give the Lancers the lead) going into the final minute of play but Central’s Bill Kelley made a three yard rush into the end zone to knot it up at 6-6 and force a draw.
1963 — Bristol Eastern, 16-0 – At last, the Lancers defeated the Rams, shutting the squad out. Gordon Sargent took the opening kickoff for 79 yards and a touchdown – quickly put the game out of reach. Co-captain, and future Eastern assistant coach Mike Morin, helped propel his team to victory.
1964 — Bristol Eastern, 21-0 – Playing in only three games all season long, Jon Petke scored twice – on rushes of 75 and 80 yards – as the Lancers defeated Central on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row. In the end, the victory over the Rams was Eastern’s only victory of the campaign.
1965 — Bristol Eastern, 14-0 – The season series between the schools was knotted up at 3-3-1 with the shutout victory. Terry Della Vecchia (10 yard run) and Keith Ronalter (11 yard run) each rushed in touchdowns for Eastern. It was the Lancers’ first ever winning season (5-4) in program history.
1966 — Bristol Eastern, 20-13 – In a rare feat during Thanksgiving Day play, Eastern took the series lead away from Central with the seven point win. The Lancers’ Mark Dunn made three touchdowns rushes of 76, 7 and 11 yards to scoop up the victory.
1967 — Bristol Central, 8-0 – Central defeated Eastern behind Walt Kozikowski’s six yard chuck to Hal Herold with 59 seconds remaining in the contest. The Rams beat the Lancers for the first time since 1961.
1968 — Bristol Eastern, 20-13 – Eastern won the first of three consecutive games against Central as Kevin Byrnes scored the go-ahead points on a 19 yard touchdown run to stake the Lancers to victory.
1969 — Bristol Eastern, 27-6 – The Lancers totaled 350 yards, 227 of those from the air, as Eastern QB Dennis Schermerhorn threw for a Thanksgiving day record three touchdowns. Al Johnston made touchdown receptions of 16 and five yards.
1970 — Bristol Eastern, 32-22 – Schermerhorn nailed 16 completions on 28 attempts for 308 total yards and another three touchdowns for another Thanksgiving Day win. Overall, Eastern tallied nearly 480 yards of total offense.
1971 — Bristol Central, 34-0 – Central took back the series as nearly ten turnovers by the Lancers doomed the squad. The Rams’ Jeff Castolene capitalized on four rushing touchdowns (45, 7, 1, 4 yards) in the winning effort on another delayed battle between the schools.
1972 — Bristol Central, 16-12 – The Rams scooped up over 400 yards in total offense and the Lancers allowed Central two quick scores to fall behind quickly. Central’s 7-2 ledger was then the best single season record in program history to that point.
1973 — Bristol Eastern, 7-0 – Frank Sanders zipped in the only score of the day, an 84-yard touchdown kickoff return, as Eastern came away with the shutout victory.
1974 — Bristol Eastern, 7-6 – The Rams tallied over 250 yards in offense while Eastern barely zipped up 100 but in the end, Dan Jenkins caught a punt, handed it off to Francis Richardson and his 55 yard touchdown dash was the ultimate difference in the game and led the Lancers to the Colonial Conference championship – all on Thanksgiving.
1975 — Bristol Central, 19-0 – Central, putting together what would turn into a remarkable stretch of Thanksgiving Day success, won the first of ten straight games against Eastern. In this one, Brian Godbout rushed in two touchdowns (nine and two yards for touchdowns) to propel Central to its first Colonial Conference Championship ever and a shutout victory over the Lancers.
1976 — Bristol Central, 20-6 – Central’s Jeff Thomas ran one in for a two-yard touchdown while also making a 30 yard touchdown interception for a score as the Rams won once again. Garry Pearson scored on a two yard rush for Eastern (a couple seasons later, he transferred to Central) in the fourth quarter of play.
1977 — Bristol Central, 24-21 – Gaining its third consecutive Colonial Conference championship, Central took the Turkey Day game as quarterback Joe DeFillippi scored the winning touchdown for the Rams. His one yard score opened the final quarter of the game to ensure Central’s victory.
1978 — Bristol Central, 22-6 – Pearson scored all three of Central’s touchdowns (17, 12 and 5) in the Thanksgiving Day game, taking advantage of eight Eastern turnovers. After attending both public high schools in Bristol, Pearson tallied over 2,000 rushing yards on the season and zipped up 5,054 for his career. Only Eastern’s Reinaldo Soto (5,161 yards from 1995-98) and Tim Washington (7,712 from 1998-2001) gained more yardage than Pearson in Bristol scholastic history.
1979 — Bristol Central, 8-6 – Billy Parks’ one yard TD jaunt, along with a two-point conversion via a Karl Hall offering to Dean Varano with 3:04 remaining in the contest, propelled the Rams another hard fought victory as Central once again won on Turkey Day. The Lancers gave up just 42 points all season long, the second best defense in the state that year.
1980 — Bristol Central, 12-0 – Once again, Parks was involved in the scoring and made a 10-yard TD rush while Vin Jennetta picked off a pass by Eastern’s Mike Tucker (9-of-20, 143 yards) for a 48 yard touchdown as Central won it again. The Lancers’ 8-2 record was the best record in school history (to that point) but was knocked out of playoff contention in the losing effort.
1981 — Bristol Central, 13-8 – Eastern, again, was knocked out of the playoff picture as Parks made touchdown rushes of five and 55 yards to propel Central to the victory. The Lancers would have taken on Newtown in the playoffs with a Thanksgiving Day win. Newtown defeated Branford 20-7 to win the Class M-I championship that year.
1982 — Bristol Central, 18-13 – Eastern scored first in the game (Brian Rooney scored on a 57 yard run for the Lancers), scooped up more than 400 total yards of offense but still lost by five points in the end. Gregg Vontell made scoring runs of 87, 80 and 24 yards, gaining 235 total yards on 20 carries. Central won its eighth consecutive T-Day game over the Lancers.
1983 — Bristol Central, 6-0 – Once again, the Rams defeat the Lancers by a touchdown. Central quarterback Mike Carlson scored 6:48 into the contest on a one-yard sprint into the goal. It was the final Colonial Conference showdown between the schools as both teams joined up with the Central Connecticut Conference the following year.
1984 — Bristol Central, 33-8 – Gerry Ouellette paced the Rams with 189 yards on 18 carries and Central soundly defeated Eastern once again. Overall, the Rams combined for 338 total yards in offense.
1985 — Bristol Eastern, 14-8 – “Yes, We Can” was the Eastern slogan that Thanksgiving as Mike Minella hauled in a 28 yard touchdown pass from Julio Maisonet as the Lancers’ 14-0 cushion in the second tilt held. It was Eastern’s first win over Central since 1974. The contest was postponed and eventually played at night, a rare occurrence during the Thanksgiving series.
1986 — Bristol Central, 31-0 – Central quarterback Steve Lowe collected 79 yards on 15 carries for two touchdowns in the winning effort as the Rams’ retook the bell.
1987 — Bristol Central, 22-0 – On the cusp of a Class MM berth, Central blanked Eastern as Kiernan Thurston run 30 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns to propel Central to the championship tilt in Class MM against Middletown. The Rams were shutout by the Blue Dragons, 27-0.
1988 — Bristol Eastern, 14-12 – The future Class MM champions slipped past Central and off a fumble, Eastern’s Craig Ciquera netted a two yard rushing touchdown to put the Lancers up for good (14-8) with 7:00 left in the first half of the game. And then on Saturday, December 3, the Lancers defeated South Windsor 22-19 to win the city’s only football championship.
1989 — Bristol Central, 20-13 – In a controversial win, Central’s Ken Fort busted out for 168 yards on 20 carries as the Rams eked out a seven point victory. Two different eligibility requirements by the Bristol schools forced critical Eastern players (three in all) to sit out the showdown while a player from Central – who would have been ineligible according to Eastern’s student handbook – was allowed to play. The loss squashed a chance for Eastern to defend its Class MM championship and, in the following week, the situation prompted heated meetings, plenty of debate, the revelation of different standards in both school’s handbooks and even a walkout of students from Eastern high school in protest.
1990 — Bristol Central, 34-14 – Central’s defense limited Eastern to only 24 yards on the ground in the Rams’ 20-point victory. The Lancers were held to only 148 total yards on the day.
1991 — Bristol Central, 20-14 – The Lancers, going a credible 4-6-1 on the campaign, dropped a hard fought six-point game as Central’s Dave Moore scooped up 82 yards on 17 carries but the Rams had to hold on for dear life to pick up the victory. Eastern QB Jude Hinrichs was sacked a half dozen times in the game but battled to the end.
1992 — Bristol Central, 24-0 – Winless Eastern was no match for Central as Micah Zabel nabbed 246 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns. In all, the Rams totaled 375 yards of offense.
1993 — Bristol Central, 18-0 – The Rams, again, took the T-Day game as Gregg Lynt, Dana Thurston and John Gagliardi combined for over 200 yards on 49 carries to lead the Rams to victory.
1994 — Bristol Eastern, 22-6 – For the first time since 1988, Eastern defeated Central as Rich Musamano made 18 carries for 141 yards to lead the Lancers. Central’s John Gagliardi (26 carries, 202 yards) sparked the offense for the Rams.
1995 — Bristol Central, 12-0 – Central’s Doug Boelter netted both touchdowns in the game for the Rams (76 yards off 17 carries). Freshman Reinaldo Soto scooped in an interception for Eastern and got his feet wet in the Thanksgiving Day tradition.
1996 — Bristol Eastern, 29-14 – With sophomore Reinaldo Soto in the fold, he smashed Central for 184 yards on 32 carries while adding three touchdowns in the winning effort. In the win, the Lancers gained a share of the CCC South Championship.
1997 — Bristol Eastern, 33-7 – It was more Soto, along with Eastern quarterback Pat Brookman, as the duo rushed a combined 30 times for 215 yards in another Eastern romp.
1998 — Bristol Eastern, 35-7 – This time, Brookman made only seven carries – good for an impressive 139 yards and a touchdown – while Soto went for 137 yards on 20 rushes in a third straight Lancers’ blowout on Thanksgiving. Eastern’s Ryan Forcier added nearly 100 yards on six tough carries.
1999 — Bristol Central, 28-6 – Central wins the next seven Thanksgiving Day games and in this one, speedster Timmy Washington rang up 41 carries for 165 yards and three TD’s to lead the winners. He nearly rushed for 2,000 yards on the season and his numbers were a sampling of big things to come.
2000 — Bristol Central, 39-0 – Five touchdowns and 353 rushing yards by Washington against Eastern, Central wins it easily, next game please…
2001 — Bristol Central, 36-12 – Washington notches four touchdowns – going for 242 yards on 22 rushes – as the Rams win once again. However, Central missed out on a playoff berth but came away with a share of the CCC South Championship in the winning endeavor.
2002 — Bristol Central, 38-0 – Central did not allow Eastern to generate a point over the next three Thanksgiving Day games. In this one, Central’s D.J. Hernandez and Breyone Evans combine for 256 yards on 36 carries in a blowout victory.
2003 — Bristol Central, 20-0 – Hernandez was back at it as he rushed for 142 yards on 29 rushes for two touchdowns in another shutout victory by the Rams.
2004 — Bristol Central, 20-0 – Central QB Cory Brown (10 passes, 107 yards) found Sean Ware (four catches, 78 yards) for several big connections while Steve Ziogas took in 126 yards on 18 carries for a third straight shutout over the Lancers.
2005 — Bristol Central, 20-7 – On a very cold night, Aaron Hernandez played his finest Thanksgiving game when he made seven catches for 112 total yards and a touchdown as Central won it again.
2006 — Tie, 14-14 – On a messy day with wind, rain and snow – and Central needing a victory to get into the playoffs – Eastern held Aaron Hernandez in check as the teams drew a 14-14 tie and left the Rams hanging at 8-1-1 and out of the postseason. The teams shared the title and it was the first time since 1998 the Lancers were able to enjoy the brass bell in the Eastern building.
2007 — Bristol Eastern, 42-14 – David Casanova racked up just under 200 total yards of offense as Eastern finished the regular season at 10-0 – the best record ever for Eastern program – picking off the Rams and moved on to the Class M semifinals. In the tournament, Berlin came from behind to win, 35-28. The Lancers were only the second public school in city history to finish its regular season undefeated.
2008 — Bristol Eastern, 34-28 – With Central threatening, Tyrell Holmes made a huge late game interception as the Rams, down 34-14 going into the final period, just about made a huge comeback to turn the tide of the game.
2009 — Bristol Eastern, 46-13 – Notching a series best 46 points against the Rams, Eastern easily downed Central as Eastern quarterback Mat Yopp zipped out 10-of-12 passes for 176 yards while Ray Ortiz had a career day (six catches, 127 yards) to lead the Lancers to a third consecutive Thanksgiving Day victory.
2010 — Bristol Eastern, 35-0 – Dylan Ouellette rushed for 208 yards – on 18 carries – for a touchdown as the Lancers posted a rare shutout against the Rams. Central was never in the affair but would play the Lancers tougher over the next four showdowns.
2011 — Bristol Eastern, 21-14 – The Lancers led 21-0 and had to hang on to dear life against the Rams as Eastern took a seven-point decision for its fifth straight win over Central.
2012 — Bristol Eastern 17-6 – Eastern won for the sixth consecutive time and in this one, a 49 yard pass from Tommy Curtin to Sean Aiudi in the third period gave the Lancers some breathing room in the winning effort.
2013 – Bristol Eastern 21-18 – Gerry Ouellette snared 211 yards on 26 carries as Eastern was a winner over Central for the seventh time in a row, holding on to win by three points. The 211 yards by Ouellette was the six best Thanksgiving Day performance in school history. Central back Tyler Burrow worked hard as he scooped in 125 yards on 21 carries.
2014 – Bristol Eastern, 20-18 – It was the battle of the backs as Ouellette (144 yards on 27 carries) and Central’s D’Andre Conaway (128-28) went tit-for-tat in a battle that came down to the wire. Trailing 12-7 going into the final period of play, the Lancers outscored Central 13-6 and came away with the win.
Thanksgiving Day – Players of the Game
BE offense: Reinaldo Soto
BE defense: Rob Houle
BC offense: Nick Richardson
BC defense: Garth Camp
BE offense: Pat Brookman
BE defense: Ryan Forcier
BC offense: Craig Capurso
BC defense: Brian Kozikowski
BE offense: Pat Brookman and Reinaldo Soto
BE defense: Ryan Bauder
BC offense: Craig Capurso
BC defense: Jim Piotrowski
BE offense: Ed Stanton
BE defense: Eric Carbone
BC offense: Tim Washington
BC defense: Mike Egan
BE offense: Eric Carbone
BE defense: Adam Zadrozny
BC offense: Tim Washington
BC defense: Mike Drury
BE offense: Brian Walker
BE defense: Adam Zadrozny
BC offense: Tim Washington
BC defense: Jason Kasparian
BE offense: Brian Walker
BE defense: Nick Consonni
BC offense: Breyone Evans
BC defense: Mike Correa
BE offense: Greg Jenkins
BE defense: Kyle Curtis
BC offense: D.J. Hernandez
BC defense: Josh Whistnant
BE offense: Lorenzo Brown
BE defense: Jeff Laroche
BC offense: Cory Brown, Sean Ware and Steve Ziogas
BC defense: Mike Fiorini
BE offense: Kyle Mullaney
BE defense: Greg Grochowski
BC offense: Dustin Tucker
BC defense: Jeremy Raducha
BE offense: Todd Krolikowski
BE defense: Joe Langer
BC offense: Aaron Hernandez
BC defense: Dennis Sansoucie
BE offense: David Casanova
BE defense: Tom Tarantino
BC offense: Matt Coyne
BC defense: Nolan Galipo
BE offense: Dean Connelly
BE defense: Tyrell Holmes
BC offense: Dymetric Maisonet
BC defense: Dan Belfi
BE offense: Raymond Ortiz
BE defense: Dylan Oakes
BC offense: Jared Lincoln
BC defense: Kyle Pecevich
BE offense: Dylon Ouellette
BE defense: Tyrell Holmes
BC offense: Tim White
BC defense: John Simpson
BE offense: Jahmil Effend
BE defense: Mitch Wheelock
BC offense: Mike Benites
BC defense: Dylan Stanco
BE offense: Nick Crowley
BE defense: Harrison Sacharko
BC offense: Jake Martel
BC defense: Jarrett Michaels
BE offense: Gerry Ouellette
BE defense: Kyle Porter
BC offense: Tyler Burrow
BC defense: Christian Hildebrand
BE offense: Gerry Ouellette
BE defense: Allen Arbuckle
BC offense: D’Andre Conaway
BC defense: Tommy Nelligan
Thanksgiving Game Day Records: Individual
Most touchdowns – 5, Tim Washington (Bristol Central), 2000
Washington made scoring runs of 40, 2, 4, 11 and 69 yards in the victory over Eastern. He ended the season tied for the state record in touchdowns scored in a single season with 42.
Most yards rushing – 353, Tim Washington (Bristol Central), 2000
Washington ended the year with 3,005 yards, a new state record.
Most yards passing – 308, Dennis Schermerhorn (Bristol Eastern), 1970
That season, the CCSU bound Schermerhorn threw for over 1,700 yards
Most pass receptions – 8, Rick Schmaltz (Bristol Eastern), 1970
Schmaltz gathered up 161 yards on those eight catches and scored a touchdown
Most receiving yards – 161, Rick Schmaltz (Bristol Eastern), 1970
Once again, he caught those eight receptions for 161 yards
Most TD passes – 3, Dennis Schermerhorn (Bristol Eastern), 1969, 1970
– Eastern won those games by a combined 59-28 score.
Longest run from scrimmage – 87, Gregg Vontell (Bristol Central), 1982
The halfback made his rush in the second quarter; Vontell scored three times that day with runs of 87, 80 and 24 yards. Overall, he scooped up 235 yards on 20 yards.
Longest pass completion – 82, Kiernan Thurston (Bristol Central) from Marvin Fitzpatrick, 1988
*The actual record was broken twice that day. Earlier in the contest, Fitzpatrick found John Laviero for an 81-yard reception for the then new record.
Longest fumble return – 65, Reinaldo Soto (Bristol Eastern), 1996
– Now a neighbor across the street from Muzzy Field, Soto’s return gave Eastern a big 23-14 edge and helped the Lancers’ gain the ultimate lead in the game
Longest kick return – 95, Garry Pearson (Bristol Central), 1977
Central won the game 24-21 as Pearson, a former Bristol Eastern standout, accounted for 230 yards on the ground for the Rams on 36 carries.
Longest punt return – 64, Ron Davis (Bristol Central), 2000
– Eastern’s Mel Davis dropped in a tremendous 40 yard punt but Ronny Davis chugged in a touchdown from 64 yards out
Longest return of interception – 95, Jere Merriam (Bristol Central), 1984
Merriam nabbed a pass by Eastern’s Julio Maisonet and ran it in for the game’s third score of the day in an amazing return of nearly the length of the field.
Best pass percentage – 87.5 percent, Mike Hannon (Bristol Eastern), 1964
– Hannon connected on 7-of-8 passes for 87 yards in the 21-0 victory over Central
Most pass completions – 20, Matt Coyne (Bristol Central), 2007
– Coyne made 38 attempts that day but the Rams still fell by a 42-14 final
Most carries – 43, Jeff Castolene (Bristol Central), 1971
– Castolene zipped in 153 yards and four touchdowns; he had 1,223 yards on the year and 10 touchdowns
Longest punt – 60, Gene Mitchell (Bristol Central), 1981
For the day, the Rams averaged 44 yards-per-punt in the 13-8 win over Eastern
Best punt average – 4-for-50, Dave Cichon (Bristol Eastern), 1965
– Cichon zipped out kicks of 46, 55, 57 and 42 yards (which added up to 50 yards-per-punt)
Most extra points – 6, Chris Hazelton (Bristol Eastern), 2007
– The future Southern Connecticut University kicker went 6-for-6 on the day for the Lancers
Most field goals – 1, Bill Woods (Bristol Eastern), 1996, Jeremy Meccariello (Bristol Eastern), 2012
– The Woods field goal was a 22 yard make and the first in Turkey Day history while Meccariello’s boot was a 25 yard shot and the longest Thanksgiving make ever in Bristol annals.
Longest field goal – 25, Jeremy Meccariello (Bristol Eastern), 2012
Already in 2013, Meccariello was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goals on the season for the Lancer.
Most interceptions – 3, Gordon Sargent (Bristol Eastern), 1963
– He also ran in a 79 yard kickoff return for a score as Eastern won by a 14-0 tally
Thanksgiving Game Day Records: Single Game
Most points – 46 (Bristol Eastern), 2009; Tyrell Holmes scored 18 points in the second half
Most first downs – 20 (Central), 1972, 2005; In 05’, Matt Coyne and Dustin Tucker played well to never let Eastern have the ball
Most yards rushing – 411 (Eastern), 1998; Soto ran for 137 yards; Pat Brookman nabbed 139; Ryan Forcier added 96
Most yards passing – 308 (Bristol Eastern), 1970; That all from former Lancers’ standout QB Dennis Schermerhorn
Most total yards – 463 (Bristol Eastern), 1970; Off Schermerhorn’s throws, BE ran for 155 yards to complement his 308 yards in passing
Most pass attempts – 38 (Bristol Central), 2007; Matt Coyne connected on 20 of those 38 passes
Most pass completions – 20 (Bristol Central), 2007; Coyne passed for a BC record 2,516 yards that season.
Most yards penalized – 187 (Bristol Eastern). That total easily surpassed the 122 the Lancers piled up in 2011. However, Eastern won the showdown in 2014, 20-18.
Most fumbles – 10 (Eastern), 2006; Miserable day (pouring rain, snowy field conditions) saw the teams finish in a 14-14 tie
Most fumbles lost – 6 (Bristol Central), 1996; In all, the Rams made a total of nine fumbles and fell to Eastern
Most QB sacks – 6 (Central), 1992; Eastern (0-10) stayed winless; Jude Hinrichs was sacked for 42 yards
Highest punt average* – 50.0 (Bristol Eastern), 1965; Dave Cichon punted for 200 yards in the game
Fewest first downs – 2 (Eastern), 1959, 1993; In 1993, BE rushed for only 13 total yards in the game
Fewest yards rushing – (-17, Central), 2012; Eastern defense stopped back Tyler Burrow (29 yards)
Fewest yards passing – (-1, Central), 1975; Central still won 19-0; BC’s defense held BE to only 109 total yards of offense
Fewest total yards – 34 (Bristol Eastern), 1992; Central had 10 times that amount overall (374 yards)
Fewest pass attempts – Bristol Central: 1, 1960
Fewest pass attempts – Bristol Eastern: 2, 1994, 1998
Fewest pass completions – Bristol Central: 0, 1959, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1993, 2013
Fewest pass completions – Bristol Eastern – 0, 1994, 1998, 2003
Fewest yards penalized (against) – Bristol Central – 5, 1970
Fewest yards penalized (against) – Bristol Eastern – 5, 2001
Most consecutive scoreless periods – 18 (Bristol Eastern), 2001-2005
Most consecutive scoring periods – 15 (Bristol Central), 1998-2002
Most shutouts – 17 (Bristol Central), 1959, 1960, 1961, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fewest shutouts – 5 (Bristol Eastern), 1963, 1964, 1965, 1973, 2010
Thanksgiving Game Day Records: Combined Team
Most points by both teams – 62, 2008
*Eastern won the contest 34-28
Most rushing yards by both teams – 567, 1998
Most passing yards by both teams – 452, 1970
*Central’s Vic Luboyeski nailed 8-of-15 passes for 144 total yards; Schermerhorn threw for 308.
Most total yards by both teams – 743, 2007
Most pass attempts by both teams – 44, 2007
Most pass completions by both teams – 25, 2007
Most interceptions by both teams – 6, 1983
Most yards penalized by both teams – 249, 2014
Most fumbles by both teams – 14, 2006
Most fumbles lost by both teams – 7, 1996
*The Lancers lost just one ball in the contest, won by Eastern 29-14
Fewest points by both teams – 6, 1983
Fewest yards rushing by both teams – 143, 1959
Fewest yards passing by both teams – 5, 1994
Fewest total yards by both teams – 162, 1959
Fewest yards penalized by both teams – 30, 2001
Fewest fumbles lost by both teams – 0, 1966, 1968, 1993, 2004
Thanksgiving Game Day Records: Individual Totals from Turkey Day
Most touchdowns – 12, Timmy Washington (Bristol Central) 1999-2001
*He notched three in 1999, five in 2000 and four in 2001
Most points – 80, Timmy Washington (Bristol Central), 1999-2001
*Washington scored 21 in 1999, added 31 in 2000 and zipped in 28 during the 2001 contest
Most touchdown passes – 6, Dennis Schermerhorn (Bristol Eastern), 1969-70
*Schermerhorn threw for three touchdowns in 1969 (two were caught by Al Johnston and one was thrown to Frank White) while chucking another three in 1970 (Lou Miller, Rick Schmaltz and Rich Lindquist) for a total of 535 passing yards over those two Turkey Day games.
Thanksgiving Day – 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES (Yards-per-carry)
Tim Washington (BC), 353 on 41 carries (8.6 yards-per-carry), 2000
Tim Washington (BC), 242 on 22 carries (11.0), 2001
Micah Zabel (BC), 237 on 25 carries (9.5), 1992
Gregg Vontell (BC), 235 on 20 carries (11.8), 1982
Garry Pearson (BC), 230 on 36 carries (6.4), 1977
Gerry Ouellette (BE), 211 on 26 carries (8.1), 2013
Dylon Ouellette (BE), 208 on 18 carries (11.6), 2010
John Gagliardi (BC), 202 on 26 carries (7.7), 1994
Nick Crowley (BE), 201 on 37 carries (5.4), 2012
Gerry Ouellette (BC), 189 on 18 carries (10.5), 1984
Garry Pearson, (BC), 185 on 42 carries (4.4), 1978
Craig Capurso (BC), 183 on 29 carries (6.3), 1998
Reinaldo Soto (BE), 183 on 32 carries (5.7), 1996
Rich Godbout (BC), 182 on 42 carries (4.3), 1972
David Casanova (BE), 181 on 14 carries (12.9), 2007
Jon Petke (BE), exact yardage unavailable, 1964
Ken Fort (BC), 168 on 20 carries (8.4), 1989
Tim Washington (BC), 165 on 41 carries (4.0), 1999
Jeff Castolene (BC), 153 on 43 carries (3.6), 1971
Kiernan Thurston (BC), 146 on 21 carries (7.0), 1988
D.J. Hernandez (BC), 145 on 15 carries (9.7), 2002
Gerry Ouellette (BE), 144 on 27 carries (5.3), 2014
D.J. Hernandez (BC), 142 on 29 carries (4.9), 2003
Kiernan Thurston (BC), 142 on 30 carries (4.7), 1987
Rich Musumano (BE), 141 on 18 carries (7.8), 1984
Reinaldo Soto (BE), 137 on 20 carries (6.9), 1998
Pat Brookman (BE), 134 on 7 carries (19.1), 1998
Tim McHugh (BE), 135 on 20 carries (6.8), 1972
Billy Parks (BC), 133 on 23 carries (5.8), 1981
Brian Rooney (BE), 128 on 20 carries (6.4), 1982
D’Andre Conaway (BC), 128 on 28 carries (4.6), 2014
Steve Ziogas (BC), 126 on 18 carries (7.0), 2004
Tyler Burrow (BC), 125 on 21 carries (6.0), 2013
Jahmil Effend, (BE), 118 on 22 carries (5.4), 2011
Dymetric Maisonet (BC), 118 on 21 carries (5.6), 2008
Dennis Hernandez (BC), 116 on 26 carries (4.5), 1973
Craig Capurso (BC), 115 on 25 carries (4.6), 1997
Reinaldo Soto (BE), 114 on 20 carries (5.7), 1997
Ralph Milano (BC), 114 on 29 carries (3.9), 1976
Breyone Evans (BC), 111 on 21 carries (5.3), 2002
Tim Gunn (BE), 109 on 13 carries (8.4), 1988
Mike Zeigler (BE), 109 on 27 carries (4.0), 2008
Brian Walker (BE), 105 on 15 carries (7.0), 2001
Dustin Tucker (BC), 102 on 20 carries (5.1), 2005
Pat Brookman (BE), 101 on 10 carries (10.1), 1997
(Thanksgiving Day records are available from the Bristol Central High School website).