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Thanksgiving football is a tradition at many high schools across the country. Cross-town rivals Bristol Central (Conn.) and Bristol Eastern have faced off in the Battle for the Bell on Turkey Day since 1959. Central quarterback Dymetric Maisonet and center Tim "Snack Cakes" Chambers will play in their third Thanksgiving game Thursday, and the seniors tell us why this game is always one of the most important games of the season.
1. The fans
"It's jam packed. You don't see any empty spots in the bleachers. There's more adrenaline," says Maisonet.
"They're more enthusiastic, a lot more rowdy," says Chambers.
2. The cross-town rivalry
"We hate them. It's all for bragging rights," says Maisonet.
"All year they talk about this game," says Chambers.
3. It's the last game
"You get to accomplish what you haven't accomplished yet," says Chambers.
"It's a town tradition. It's the biggest turkey game in the state. The whole town shows up," says Maisonet.
5. The Battle of the Bell
"It's like a trophy, even though it's a bell," says Maisonet.
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