By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · March 01, 2017
Milford Football to Play Lynn Charter School on Thanksgiving
The Milford High football program will welcome yet another Thanksgiving Day opponent in 2017 after inking a two-year contact with Lynn Academy Charter School.
"I was concerned we might not have a game," said MHS Athletic Director (AD) Peter Boucher. "We are excited and glad to be playing on Thanksgiving again."
Milford will play the North Shore charter school after Randolph opted not to sign another deal with the Scarlet Hawks, feeling Milford's program is too strong to continue a competitive series. Boucher said he called more than a dozen schools but was unable to find a match for the annual holiday game until Lynn Charter got in touch with him.
"They asked whether we felt like we could compete with them," Boucher said. "I paused for a second and said, 'have you ever heard of the Hockomock League? We will be fine, let's go.'"
The new contract is a two-year deal and Milford will host in 2017. Lynn Charter shares a home field with several other teams, so there is a chance the Scarlet Hawks will host in 2018 as well with Lynn treated as the home team, Boucher said. The two schools are comparable in size and Boucher said they will be purchasing a trophy and coming up with a name for the new series.
This will be the fourth Turkey Day foe for Milford since 2012, the year the Hawks' three-plus decade series with Shrewsbury ended. Milford played a pair of two-year series with Holy Name and Randolph, and Boucher would like stability going forward.
"We are hoping this evolves into a long term relationship but if it doesn't, we are going to hit the streets in two years looking for another game," he said.
Boucher said fans are excited about new opponent, but admits the challenge of playing a team located some 50 miles away — more than an hour's drive — is challenging.
"No one is thrilled if we have to travel there," he said.
Milford has also added the South Shore to its football schedule with a Week 1 game at Scituate after Marlboro ended a 60-plus year gridiron rivalry.
"Nobody is happy here," Boucher said, noting he received a "frantic" phone call from Marlboro's AD. "Central Mass ADs were upset because teams in the district were having a hard time finding games while other teams played Week 1 and Week 2 games against teams from other districts."
Marlboro was forced to drop Milford — an Eastern Mass team since moving to the Hockomock League — to add a Central Mass opponent, Boucher said. The new series is a two-year pact, Milford will host Scituate to kick off the 2018 season.