There is only one game left on the Silver Lake High football team’s schedule, but it also one of the most hyped up games of the season.
The Lakers have had a successful season. Through 10 games, they are 6-4 and they won a playoff game before falling to Milton in a tight game in the second round. Now, however, their focus is on the Pembroke Titans. Since Pembroke used to be a part of the Silver Lake school district, they became the Lakers Thanksgiving Day rival when they got their own school.
This has not been the Titans best year to date, at 2-7, but they have played some highly-competitive games against quality Patriot League Fisher Division teams. For example, they beat Scituate, 24-6, earlier in the season albeit Scituate made it to the Division 5 South finals. Their other win came against Westwood, who knocked Silver Lake out of the playoffs in 2016. Plus, their games against North Quincy, Plymouth South and Hanover were decided by three points or less.
Against Pembroke, the Lakers may be able to enjoy some serious success offensively. After all, Pembroke is coming off a 60-42 loss to Barnstable. In contrast, the Lakers beat Plymouth South, 49-28, last week.
History is also on the Lakers’ side in this one. Last year, the Lakers beat Pembroke, 40-20.
The game against Pembroke will be the final game of 19 Lakers senior’s careers: Tyler Duggan, Daniel Collins, Tanner Boyd, Michael Toledo, Nicholas Frieburger, Eamonn Irving, Ryan Murphy, Nicholas Webby, Phillip Lashley, Liam Kelleher, Thomas Landers IV, Kyle Griffin, Matthew Powell, Matthew Gallagher, Gavin Hamilton, Francis Perfetuo, Reed Grenon, and Nathan Thacker.
After this season, the Lakers team could look quite a bit different since their quarterback, top running back and many of their linemen are seniors this season.
This year’s Thanksgiving game is on Thursday, Nov. 23 (10:00 a.m. start time) at Pembroke High School.