Malden delivers an old-fashioned triumph
Last year, a physical Malden team came very close to toppling Greater Boston League champion Everett and making its Thanksgiving contest against Medford a battle for the league title.
Fast-forward to yesterday. Malden and Medford, the nation’s third-oldest Thanksgiving rivalry, met for the 123d time. It was not a meaningful game in the GBL standings, but the rivalry brought out the best in both teams, especially Malden, which picked up a 29-0 home victory.
“You can see that the rivalry is still intact,’’ said Medford coach Rico Dello Iacono. “It was still like a heavyweight fight. Both teams were still playing like it was for the league championship.’’
Four players scored for Malden (5-5), which led only 7-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Kevin Valley was 13 of 17 for 221 yards and one touchdown, and ran for another score. Frankie Dunn scored on a 50-yard pass from Valley and finished with five receptions for 92 yards.
Medford fell to 0-10, its second winless season in three years.
Malden leads the all-time series, 59-54-10.
Merrimack Valley Large
Chelmsford 21, Billerica 14 — Chelmsford (7-4) dropped last year’s Merrimack Valley Large champion Billerica (5-6). Eddie Sheridan paced the Lions with 139 yards on the ground. Billerica’s Nick LaSpada finished the season with 25 TD passes.
Lowell 38, Haverhill 21 — Lowell used a variety of running backs to record 165 yards on 34 carries. Connor McHugh scored a touchdown and kicked five extra points for the Red Raiders (5-6). Haverhill finished 0-11.
Somerville 34, Matignon 6 — Devon Hairston and Josh Scarry combined for 221 yards rushing and each scored for the Highlanders (3-6). Kayme Thompson scored for Matignon (4-5).
Malden Catholic 12, Waltham 7 — The Lancers (6-5) ended their Thanksgiving rivalry with Waltham (5-5) on a positive note as Matt Heriveaux scored twice.