Of course, there’s only one game on the schedule today, but it’s a good one. White Plains High School will play host to the 42nd annual Turkey Bowl between White Plains and Stepinac this morning at 10:30.
I’ll be there to check out the game along with colleague Adam Berger. For those interested who can’t duck away from you family’s festivities – or simply don’t want to draw the ire of a loved one by attending yet another football game – check me out on Twitter @LoHudInsider. I’ll post updates there.
Check out the blog afterward. Either Adam or I will post a recap of the game here.
Enjoy – and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at the Varsity Insider community. This is a special place and we have YOU to thank for that.
Thursday’s games –
42nd annual Turkey Bowl
At White Plains High School:
Stepinac 19, White Plains 18
Stepinac 19, White Plains 18: It was a tale of two halves at the 42nd annual Turkey Bowl.
Stepinac beat White Plains 19-18 in a wild finish at Glenn D. Loucks Field,
the Crusaders third straight victory over their intra-city rivals on Thanksgiving Day. White Plains leads the all-time series 27-15.
Down 18-0 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, the Crusaders rallied from behind scoring three unanswered touchdowns in a
classic episode of the White Plains rivalry.
“You can’t even explain it. It’s just awesome knowing that you end your
season on that,” Stepinac quarterback Daniel Hoffer said after throwing for
98 yards and two touchdowns in his final game as a Crusader. “There’s really nothing else better, it’s like a championship game here in White Plains.”
The Tigers drove 73 yards on their second possession of the morning,
bringing the ball to the Crusader 2 yard line, but couldn’t find the end
zone on fourth and goal.
Stepinac took over on downs and on the very next play Hoffer fumbled a
shotgun snap deep in his own end zone. The senior tried kicking it out for a safety, but White Plains linebacker Josh Renfroe pounced on the loose ball
for the touchdown.
White Plains held Stepinac to a three-and-out on its next possession, and a
high snap led to a short punt that only traveled 10 yards. The Tigers took
over at the Crusader 36 yard line, and on a third and 14 play, Brandon
Williams scrambled for a 23 yard touchdown score.
“He played great the whole game, he was the x-factor for us offensively.”
White Plains coach Skip Stevens said of Williams, who was starting his first
ever game at quarterback with Cameron Crabbe serving a one game suspension for an ejection in a loss to Clarkstown North. Williams had 97 yards rushing on 20 carries and threw six completions for 90 yards.
White Plains would add a 26-yard Murilo Rosendo field goal in the third
quarter to go up 18-0, but that¹s when Hoffer and runningback Ryan Burnett
took over for Stepinac.
Stepinac drove 80 yards for a touchdown on its next drive, highlighted by a 30-yard Burnett run on fourth and one and a 24-yard touchdown pass from
Hoffer to Justin Thomas. The Crusaders would cut their deficit to five
points after driving 92 yards, capped off by a three yard touchdown run from
Both teams would exchange punts after that. Stepinac eventually took over at
the White Plains 48 yard line with 2:06 left to play after a Williams interception on third and long.
Hoffer completed three passes for 38 yards during the game-winning drive,
including a nine-yard touchdown toss to Chrystian Lopez at the front left of
White Plains’ end zone.
“The seniors didn¹t want to go out losing,” said Lopez, who had 41 yards
receiving on four catches. “We all turned it up and we ended up coming away with this victory.”