In first Thanksgiving game, John Fadule leads Wellesley past Needham

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WELLESLEY — There was no league title, no Super Bowl berth, or much of anything else hinging on the outcome of the 126th meeting and 94th consecutive Turkey Day encounter between Bay State League rivals Needham and Wellesley. The oldest public high school rivalry in the country was played for pride only and between these schools that is even more important.

The Raiders (7-4), led by its outstanding senior quarterback John Fadule, defeated Needham, 22-6, at Hunnewell Stadium in Wellesley. Wellesley snapped a three-year losing streak, and now holds an overall advantage of 60-57-9 in the historic rivalry.

The Rockers (7-4) were without their remarkable senior running back Mike Panepinto, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury .

Fadule was playing in his first Thanksgiving Day game, after transferring to Wellesley this year from Milton Academy, had 293 yards of offense and two touchdowns.

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