My colleague Mike Zacchio will cover this morning’s game, but I plan on stopping by to check it out anyway. Last year was my first Turkey Bowl and I loved the atmosphere. Also, Stepinac and White Plains are two of the area’s best teams. There are few football games this season that put more talent on the field.
For updates, follow along on Twitter @LoHudInsider. I’ll try to come back afterward with a quick recap before heading north for the holiday. Enjoy the game — and happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Day scores —
At White Plains High School:
Stepinac 38, White Plains 14
GAME RECAP —
Stepinac 38, White Plains 14: At White Plains High School, Stepinac won the 41st annual Turkey Bowl, its fifth win over White Plains in the last six years. Austin Taps (Stepinac) and Mike Scotman (White Plains) each scored a touchdown and were named sportsmanship award winners.
Stepinac led 10-7 at halftime after a 43-yard field goal and a 1-yard TD run by Caleb Gilligan-Evans gave the Crusaders a 10-0 lead. The Tigers responded with a 15-play, 76-yard drive that was capped with 1-yard TD run by Scotman.
White Plains took a 14-10 lead early in the second half on a 56-yard interception return by Ryan Brooks. It was one of four Stepinac turnovers but White Plains committed six of its own. They helped lead to 28 unanswered points for the Crusaders.
Dan Hoffer threw touchdowns to Vincent Narog (70 yards) and Taps (25 yards). Lance Ladson scored on a 30-yard run. Ryan Wasylenko returned an interception 20 yards for a score. Taps also blocked a punt for Stepinac.
Narog’s touchdown catch came on a third-and-8 just after White Plains go-ahead TD. He caught a short pass from Hoffer and broke several tackles en route to the score.
Gilligan-Evans finished his fourth Turkey Bowl with 13 carries for 96 yards and the touchdown. Mark White rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries. Hoffer went 6 for 11 for 130 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He completed two passes to Narog for 89 yards and the TD.
Scotman led White Plains with 16 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Jeff Avery passed for 52 yards and threw two interceptions and rushed for 23 yards.