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Toms River Thanksgiving Football Rivalries, By the Numbers

Turkey Day rivalries of East and North, and there's South and Lakewood


We’ve got some longstanding football rivalries that play out on Thanksgiving, here in Toms River.

Of course, , l Lakewood. This year’s games are both at 11 a.m. Thursday.

South's Indians are away at Lakewood's Piners. And the Mariners are heading to Raider Way.


Here’s a look at the games’ histories, with some key figures about the annual tradition.


The records:

Toms River East vs. Toms River North - Toms River East leads series, 15-12-1.

Toms River South vs. Lakewood - Toms River South leads series, 49-35-4.

Source: All Shore Media


Last year’s outcome:

East and North: TR North took out the Raiders with a dominant home win, 24-6.

South and Lakewood: With Warren Wolf as the head coach, the Piners were able to hold off Toms River South, 28-22 at Toms River High School South.


Length of Rivalry:

East and North: More than 28 years.

South and Lakewood: More than 88 years.

According to All Shore Media, the South/Lakewood game is one of the longest local Thanksgiving rivalries. Right up there, with 85 games played, is Long Branch and Red Bank. It's been 80 games between Asbury Park and Neptune.


School opened:

North: 1969.

East: 1979.

South: Opened as Toms River High School in 1951, but first graduating class was 1891 in previous location.


2011 record:

North: 4-5

East: 1-8

South: 2-7


2010 record:

North: 7-3

East: 5-5

South: 0-10


Who’s the coach and what’s their record:

North: Chip LaBarca, Jr: 44-17 in six seasons with Toms River North (3-2 in Thanksgiving Day games)

East: Charlie Diskin: 39-22 in six seasons with Toms River East (2-3 in Thanksgiving Day games)

South: Ron Signorino, Jr: 2-7 in one season with Toms River South


Of Note:

LaBarca, Jr and Signorino, Jr are the sons of the two winningest coaches in Toms River South history, Chip LaBarca and Ron Signorino.

Shore Skeptic November 22, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Got the North vs. Brick numbers? (1969? - 1983)
Vinny Varvaro November 23, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I am an East grad, but growing up, we used to go to the TRN-Brick games every Thanksgiving until East was built. They were good games and a decent rivalry.


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