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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Portland Press Herald photo courtesy Portland Public Library Special Collections and Archives | of | Share this photo

    1945: Portland High School football starting lineup for Thanksgiving.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Press Herald file photo | of | Share this photo

    Big crowds used to be the norm for the Portland-Deering game on Thanksgiving. The 1959 game, which determined the state championship, reportedly drew 13,000.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - File photo/David MacDonald | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 26, 1998: Portland's Mike Banville gets a block by teammate James Greene to gain yardage against Deering.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by David MacDonald | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 23, 2000: Portland wide receiver Patrick Malia is held aloft by his teammates after scoring Portland's second touchdown against Deering in the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by David MacDonald | of | Share this photo

    Nov 22, 2001: Portland quarterback Keith Derrig evades Deering defender Chris Shorr during the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Gregory Rec | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 28, 2002: With Deering's David Moore coming in on him, Portland's Will Hews reaches for an overthrown pass in Deering's end zone in the annual Thanksgiving game at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Gregory Rec | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 27, 2003: Portland's Mike Grimaldi is pulled down by Deering's Matt Nichols during the annual Thanksgiving Day game between the two rivals. Deering trounced Portland, 45-0.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Herb Swanson | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 25, 2004: Deering quarterback Ryan Flaherty runs for yardage against Portland's Alex Layug during Thursday's game in Portland.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Gregory Rec | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 24, 2005: Deering's Cory Girard is taken down during a run in the second quarter of the 94th annual Portland-Deering Thanksgiving Day football game.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 24, 2005: Portland defenders converge on Deering's Brian Sandora.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Jill Brady | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 23, 2006: A Portland player goes low to stop the Deering ballcarrier in the annual rivalry game.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photographer by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 22, 2007: Willy Joy of Deering, right, slips around Portland defenders after making a reception during the annual Thanksgiving Day football game at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Joy scored on the play.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 27, 2008: Jake Heary rushed for 340 yards (261 in the second half) and four touchdowns for Deering. Three of his scores came in the fourth quarter as Deering snapped a 14-14 tie and won the Thanksgiving Day game with Portland.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Tim Greenway | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 26, 2009: Jamie Ross of Deering holds on to the ball with two hands as a group of Portland defenders surrounds him in the first half of the 97th annual Thanksgiving Day game between Portland and Deering High.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 25, 2010: Imadhi Zagon of Portland fumbles while absorbing a hard hit from Jake Totman (63) of Deering. Also in on the play for the Rams are Trey Thomes (25), Devon Fitzgerald (32) and Matt Flaherty (11). Deering won the Thanksgiving Day game, 35-14.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 24, 2011: Portland's Jordan Floridino and Deering's Kenny Sweet fight for a loose ball. Snow had to be cleared from the field for this Thanksgiving Day game.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 22, 2012: Nick Volger of Portland breaks a tackle during the first quarter of the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Deering.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by Tim Greenway | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 28, 2013: Portland High School football players run through a banner that read "Save a Turkey, Stuff a Ram" before their 102nd Thanksgiving Day game against Deering.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - John Ewing/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 27, 2014: Portland's George Chaison-Lapine pushes past the Deering defense for a big gain.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by John Ewing | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 27, 2014: Portland's Domenic Fagone pulls down an interception on a pass intended for Deering's Dom Bernard.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 26, 2015: Portland and Deering players battle in the teams' 104th Thanksgiving Day game. From left for Portland are Ethan Hoyt (52), Dan Marzilli (50) and Charles Kovarik, (55), while Deering's Mike Darling (76) pushes the middle of the pile.

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    Nov. 26, 2015: Deering quarterback Max Chabot tries to evade pressure as he gets a pass off intended for Patrick Viola, foreground, during the 104th annual Deering vs. Portland Thanksgiving Day football game at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The pass fell incomplete.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by John Ewing | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 24, 2016: Portland's Dylan Bolduc drags Deering defender Caysey Anthony for a few extra yards during the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Portland and Deering high schools.

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    Portland-Deering football: A Thanksgiving tradition - Staff photo by John Ewing | of | Share this photo

    Nov. 24, 2016: Portland's Dylan Bolduc lunges into the end zone for one of his touchdowns.

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