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Stoughton vs. Canton, Round 87: Thanksgiving Football Rivalry Snapshot

Inside the numbers: A look at the series history between the two Thanksgiving rivals (statistics from the Hockomock League football website).

This upcoming Thursday’s Thanksgiving morning game between Stoughton and Canton marks the 87th consecutive time the two schools have gone head to head on the holiday.

The rivalry dates back to 1926. Stoughton will play host to this year’s game (Thursday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. at Stoughton High).

Stoughton holds a 43-39-4 edge in the all-time series, aided by having won the past seven Thanksgiving games, dating back to 2005, including last year's 27-7 victory in Canton. The Black Knights will look to make it eight in a row this year. 

While Stoughton hasn’t always dominated the series - Canton won all but one game between 1976-1991 - the Black Knights have taken control of the series under head coach Greg Burke.

Since 1995, Stoughton has lost just twice on Thanksgiving (2003 and 2004), having won 15 of the last 17 meetings.  

During this current seven-game winning streak, Stoughton has outscored Canton 229-35, notching two shutouts against the Bulldogs (2006 and 2009).

Can Stoughton (9-1, 2-1 in the Davenport in 2012) continue it’s recent Thanksgiving success, or will Canton (2-6, 1-2 in the Davenport) snap the Black Knights’ win streak?  

Not able to make it to the Stoughton-Canton Thanksgiving football game? Want to know the scores of the other Hockomock League games? Follow all the action with our LIVE blog, which will be posted on the site prior to the start of the game. Kickoff for all games is Thursday at 10 a.m. 

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Stoughton-Canton: A Series Snapshot  

Statistics from the Hockomock League Football Website:

  • All-time record: Stoughton leads series, 43-39-4
  • Total points scored: Stoughton 1231; Canton 928
  • Current streak: Stoughton has won 7 in a row
  • Largest margin of victory: 48 points (Canton won 48-0 in 1986)
  • Stoughton’s longest winning streak:  8 (1995-2002)       
  • Canton’s longest winning streak: 9 (1983-1991)
  • Home Records: Stoughton 22-19-2; Canton 20-21-2
  • Away Records: Stoughton 21-20-2; Canton 19-22-2
  • All-time scores:
Year Winner/Score Location 1926 Stoughton, 6-0 S 1927 Stoughton, 12-0 C 1928 Stoughton, 29-0 S 1929 Canton, 19-0 C 1930 Canton, 20-0 S 1931 Canton, 8-6 C 1932 Canton, 13-0 S 1933 Stoughton, 33-0 C 1934 TIE, 0-0 S 1935 Canton, 20-0 C 1936 Canton, 6-0 S 1937 Stoughton, 14-0 C 1938 Stoughton, 7-6 S 1939 Stoughton, 19-0 C 1940 Canton, 6-0 S 1941 Stoughton, 25-0 C 1942 Stoughton, 34-0 S 1943 Stoughton, 7-6 C 1944 Canton, 30-0 S 1945 Canton, 12-6 C 1946 Canton 19-9 S 1947 Canton, 19-13 C 1948 Stoughton, 14-0 S 1949 Canton, 14-7 C 1950 Stoughton, 7-6 S 1951 Stoughton, 19-0 C 1952 Canton, 13-7 S 1953 Stoughton, 20-0 C 1954 Stoughton, 13-0 S 1955 Stoughton, 20-0 C 1956 Stoughton, 14-6 S 1957 Stoughton, 33-7 C 1958 Stoughton, 44-0 S 1959 Canton, 18-8 C 1960 Stoughton, 18-0 S 1961 Canton, 14-0 C 1962 Stoughton, 14-6 S 1963 Stoughton, 22-12 C 1964 Stoughton, 26-6 S 1965 TIE, 16-16 C 1966 Canton, 26-16 S 1967 Canton, 6-0 C 1968 Canton, 22-8 S 1969 Stoughton, 21-8 C 1970 Canton, 28-22 S 1971 Canton, 18-6 C 1972 Stoughton, 13-8 S 1973 Canton, 16-15 C 1974 Stoughton, 28-6 S 1975 TIE, 0-0 C 1976 Canton, 14-6 S 1977 Canton, 27-2 C 1978 Canton, 7-0 S 1979 Canton, 27-6 C 1980 Canton, 23-0 S 1981 Canton, 43-6 C 1982 Stoughton, 7-6 S 1983 Canton, 29-25 C 1984 Canton, 43-0 S 1985 Canton, 14-0 C 1986 Canton, 48-0 S 1987 Canton, 28-0 C 1988 Canton, 7-0 S 1989 Canton, 6-0 C 1990 Canton, 27-6 S 1991 Canton, 8-7 C 1992 TIE, 0-0 S 1993 Stoughton, 30-15 C 1994 Canton, 13-7 S 1995 Stoughton, 28-6 C 1996 Stoughton, 20-6 S 1997 Stoughton, 24-14 C 1998 Stoughton, 24-8 S 1999 Stoughton, 33-0 C 2000 Stoughton, 39-0 S 2001 Stoughton, 35-0 C 2002 Stoughton, 27-0 S 2003 Canton, 27-12 C 2004 Canton, 7-6 S 2005 Stoughton, 42-6 C 2006 Stoughton, 34-0 S 2007 Stoughton, 47-14 C 2008 Stoughton, 28-2 S 2009 Stoughton, 25-0 C 2010 S 2011 C 2012 ??? S
Fiscal Conservative November 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I still, vividly remember playing in those games, many, many years ago. Long before SHS was in the Hockomock League, when there were Class A, B & C. Long before Superbowls, Full Facemasks and all other protective gear was no where near as good as today's. We didn't lift weights year round, most of us played 3 - 4 varsity sports (in the old days you could play baseball AND run track. Times were simpler, but, the rivalry was strong. We weren't "friends" with players from the other town. Heck, we hated them because the rivalry was so intense. Those games were real battles to the end (many fights in those days). Crowds were much larger than today. If you didn't get there early, you probably stood in the opponents end zones. Although in my distant past, I still remember them as they were yesterday. To those, on either side of the ball, enjoy the rivalry, play hard, play fair. I hope, down the road, your memories are as strong as mine. These Turkey Day games will remain a BIG part of your youth, as they are mine.
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