Matchup: White Plains (1-6) vs. Archbishop Stepinac (3-6)
When: Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m.
Where: White Plains High School
Where to watch: LIVE on MSGVarsity.com
What: The Turkey Bowl is THE game for both White Plains and Stepinac. The two teams play every season and the game is so important that Stepinac would have played even if they had advanced in the CHSFL AAA playoffs.
Current Season: Both teams have had disappointing seasons by their standards. White Plains is 1-6 with their only win coming against Arlington, while Stepinac lost in the CHSFL AAA quarterfinals in overtime to St. Joseph-by-the-Sea after a 3-5 season.
Previous Meetings: White Plains leads the Turkey Bowl series 27-14, but Stepinac has won the last two years and five of the past six games.
History:This is the 42nd meeting between White Plains and Stepinac, but the Tigers have been playing on Thanksgiving since 1932. The first “Turkey Bowl” was played at White Plains against Indiana state champion Central High School. For years, White Plains played state champions from around the country until the yearly meeting with Stepinac was born.
- The longest winning streak for either team was 8 games by White Plains (1989-1996).
- White Plains has been undefeated 15 times in school history but only twice since they started playing Stepinac.
- The Turkey Bowl was held at Highlands Middle school, White Plains’ old high school, until 2008 when the current high school stadium was built.