CHS Football Team To Hoist Cathedral on Thanksgiving Eve
The Chelsea High football team will host Cathedral High this evening (Wednesday) in what has become an annual Thanksgiving holiday rivalry between the schools.
The opening kick-off is set for 6:00 under the lights at Chelsea Stadium.
The Red Devils enter the fray with a 3-7 record, having defeated East Boston, Keefe Tech, and Excel Academy (formerly known as South Boston High). The Red Devils also dropped a close encounter with Boston English, 22-18, two weeks ago.
Cathedral sports a 6-3 mark and qualified for the MIAA Division 8 football playoffs as the eighth seed in the division. The Panthers easily defeated number 9 Nashoba Tech in the first round, 43-7, but then were blasted by top-ranked Hull, the defending D-8 state champ, 40-0, in the quarterfinals.
Chelsea and Cathedral have played a common foe this season, Excel (So. Boston) Academy and based on the relative margins of victory, the Red Devils, a winner by a score of 48-8, would seem to have the advantage over the Panthers, who edged Excel by a much-closer score of 13-6.
Chelsea fans will have their last opportunity to watch Chelsea’s one-man wrecking crew, senior Herman Esquivel, who has been a powerhouse on both sides of the ball throughout the 2022 campaign. Herman has averaged more than 100 yards per game rushing and has racked up double-digit tackles in every contest.
Other members of coach Michael Jackson’s squad who figure to play prominent roles include Javien Diaz, who has been a major force for the Red Devils as both a wide receiver and defensive back, freshman quarterback Angel Lino, and linebackers Tommy Santana and Kenneth Bonilla.