Leicester Wins 43rd Battle Of Breezy Bend, 39-14

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Leicester High School takes home this year's Battle of the Breeze trophy after a Thanksgiving Day victory. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

LEICESTER, Mass. — The Wolverines went wild on the David Prouty Panthers at home, 39-14, bringing the Battle of Breezy Bend traveling trophy back to Leicester High School for the first time in three years and ending the season on a high note.

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The Wolverines scored first with Nick Kenneway's touchdown at 3:41 in the first quarter. But the Panthers' Zachary Howard returned the ensuing kickoff, and a conversion helped end the quarter with Leicester behind, 8-6.

The Wolverines roared back in a big way during the second quarter, thanks to touchdowns by Thomas Rodrick and quarterback Drew Mazzeo. Leicester led at halftime, 26-8.

Leicester widened its lead in the third with touchdowns by Malachi Ceely and Kenneway. David Prouty's touchdown in the first few seconds of the fourth wasn't enough to top the Wolverines.

Leicester lost the last three Breezy Bend games to David Prouty. But Thursday, a new chapter in the 43-year Thanksgiving Day tradition between the two teams was written.

“It was a team effort — our team came to play,” Leicester Head Coach Tim Griffiths said. “It's great to get back on the winning side.”

Griffiths credited a strong defense, which he said had been playing solid throughout the season.

The Wolverines end the season on a five-game winning streak and with a 9-2 record. The Panthers fell to 5-6.

The Wolverines Most Valuable Player award went to Matthew Levins.

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