Keeley Library - Local History - Durfee - New Bedford Thanksgiving Football Scores

One of the long-standing traditions of Durfee High School is the annual rivalry between the Durfee Hilltoppers and the New Bedford Whalers during the Thanksgiving football game. Because we receive frequent requests for various types of information about the games, the Keeley Library has compiled the following list. Since there are several discrepencies, we have included all information possible. Any corrections or verifications are appreciated.

Unless otherwise indicated, sources for the following list are:
Durfee Record, yearbook for the appropriate year.
"Durfee Hilltoppers '28 Through '78,"Herald News, November 21, 1979, p. 25.
"Thanksgiving Game History," Durfee Hilltop, November 25, 1998, p. 5.

Durfee - New Bedford Thanksgiving Football Scores

YEAR WINNER YEARBOOK SCORE HERALD NEWS SCORE DURFEE HILLTOP SCORE
1909 Durfee       24-0 Dec. 1909 Durfee Premier
1910 New Bedford       12-5 Nov. 1910 Durfee Premier
1911 New Bedford 3-0     3-0 Dec. 1911 Durfee Premier
1912 ?      
1913 tie 7-7    
1914 Durfee 27-0     played on November 7
1915 ?      
1916 Durfee 14-7     played on Columbus Day
1917 New Bedford 14-7     played on Columbus Day?
1918 tie 13-13     played on Thanksgiving
1919 New Bedford 6-0    
1920 ?      
1921 Durfee no score given    
1922 Durfee 12-0    
1923 New Bedford 6-0    
1924 Durfee 13-0    
1925 New Bedford 10-0    
1926 Durfee 10-0    
1927 New Bedford 7-6    
1928 Durfee 6-0 6-0 6-0
1929 New Bedford 7-0 7-0 7-0
1930 New Bedford 34-6 33-0 33-0
1931 New Bedford 6-0 6-0 6-0
1932 New Bedford 6-0 6-0  
1933 New Bedford 19-0 19-0 19-0
1934 New Bedford 25-6 25-6 26-25
1935 New Bedford 6-0 6-0 6-0
1936 tie 6-6 6-6 6-6
1937 New Bedford 14-0 14-0 14-0
1938 New Bedford 6-0 6-0 6-0
1939 New Bedford   7-0 7-0
1940 New Bedford   32-0 32-0
1941 New Bedford   26-0 26-0
1942 tie 7-7 7-7 7-7
1943 New Bedford 13-0 13-0 13-0
1944 Durfee 53-6 53-6 56-3
1945 Durfee 13-12 13-12 13-2
1946 New Bedford 13-7 13-7 13-7
1947 Durfee   7-0 7-0
1948 Durfee   12-8 12-6
1949 New Bedford 40-6 40-6 40-6
1950 New Bedford 12-6 12-8 12-8
1951 Durfee 32-0 32-0 32-0
1952 Durfee 31-18 30-19 30-14
1953 New Bedford 12-7 12-7 12-7
1954 Durfee 14-6 14-6 14-6
1955 Durfee 39-19 39-19 32-12
1956 Durfee 30-0 30-0 30-0
1957 New Bedford 6-0 7-0 7-0
1958 Durfee   18-12 18-12
1959 New Bedford   42-0 42-0
1960 Durfee 7-0 7-0 7-0
1961 New Bedford 36-6 36-6 36-6
1962 New Bedford 12-0 12-0 12-0
1963 Durfee 22-0 22-0 22-0
1964 Durfee 14-6 14-6 14-6
1965 New Bedford 23-0 22-0 22-0
1966 New Bedford 20-14 20-14 20-14
1967 tie 0-0 0-0 0-0
1968 New Bedford 13-6 13-6 13-6
1969 New Bedford 48-6 48-6 48-6
1970 New Bedford 20-0 20-0 28-6
1971 New Bedford 21-8 21-8 21-8
1972 Durfee 7-0 7-0 7-0
1973 New Bedford 21-6 21-6 12-0
1974 New Bedford 12-0 12-0 12-0
1975 New Bedford   20-6 20-6
1976 New Bedford   19-0 19-0
1977 New Bedford   26-6 26-6
1978 New Bedford   26-0 26-0
1979 New Bedford     6-0
1980 New Bedford     21-6
1981 New Bedford     47-7
1982 New Bedford     28-6
1983 Durfee     17-7
1984 New Bedford     28-14
1985 New Bedford 6-0   6-0
1986 tie 7-7   7-7
1987 New Bedford     28-6
1988 New Bedford     27-0
1989 New Bedford     6-2
1990 New Bedford 44-0   23-6
1991 New Bedford 33-18   14-3
1992 New Bedford Durfee 20-0   New Bedford 7-0
1993 New Bedford 42-14   32-14
1994 New Bedford 35-6   10-0
1995 New Bedford 28-15   17-7
1996 New Bedford 40-19   40-18 40-18 according to Standard-Times online
1997 New Bedford 36-14   34-13 35-14 according to Standard-Times online
1998 New Bedford       21-14 according to Standard-Times online
1999 New Bedford       20-19 according to Standard-Times online
2000 Durfee 24-0 24-0 online  
2001 New Bedford 28-6 28-6 online  
2002 Durfee 28-0 28-0 online  
2003 New Bedford 32-22 32-22 online  
2004 New Bedford 14-13 14-13 online  
2005 Durfee 12-7 12-7 online  
2006 Durfee 20-13 20-13 online  
2007 Durfee   37-34 online   37-34 according to Standard-Times online
2008 New Bedford   37-6 online  
2009 New Bedford   49-28 online  
2010 New Bedford   21-7 online  
2011 New Bedford   18-16 online  
2012 New Bedford   36-14 online  
2013 New Bedford   33-6 online  
2014 New Bedford   28-26 online  

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