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.
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.
South: Opened as Toms River High School in 1951, but first graduating class was 1891 in previous location.
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
LaBarca, Jr and Signorino, Jr are the sons of the two winningest coaches in Toms River South history, Chip LaBarca and Ron Signorino.