Thousands will descend on Wall High School tomorrow for the annual Thanksgiving Day football game against neighboring Manasquan High School.
The game will mean nothing in terms of playoff positioning; both teams have been eliminated from this year's race. But the rivalry is intense and longstanding nonetheless.
Manasquan has a statistical edge in the series, winning six of the 11 Thanksgiving games between the neighboring teams.
This year, Manasquan comes in strong after a remarkable season under new head coach Jay Price which was cut short by a loss against Matawan last week.
The Knights team arrives with a 7-2 record after suffering a first-round playoff loss to Steinhert two weeks ago.
The Gameday forecast looks promising: Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s and a kickoff temperature of about 48 degrees.
Gates to Crimson Knights Stadium open at 9 a.m. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.
There will be no general parking at Wall High School. Instead, free shuttle service will be available from designated parking areas in three locations.
No parking is permitted on several area roads surrounding the high school, including 18th Avenue, New Bedford Road and East Hurley Pond Road.
Parking will be allowed at the Circle Factory Outlets, on the Manasquan Circle at Route 35 and Atlantic Avenue; Wall Intermediate School, corner of Allaire Road and Bailey’s Corner Road and at the Camp Evans parking lot at the corner of Monmouth Boulevard and Taft Road.
Shuttles will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will run continuously through and after the game.
For those who cannot make it to the game, it will be aired on the MSG Varsity network on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m.