GOSHEN – The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday as people get in line at retail stores and try and get the best deals on holiday gifts. However, for local Goshen High School football alumni, it’s a chance to play ball again.
The annual Turkey Bowl, an informal flag football game played the day after the Thanksgiving at Goshen Middle School, gives former Goshen High School football players time to gather, reminisce and see who still has the moves on the field.
Graham Clark of Goshen helped organize the game this year. He said it started in the early 1990s as 1980s Redskins alumni versus 1990s alumni. But with dwindling attendance all classes are welcome to participate.
This year’s game featured eight alumni ranging from the class of 1988 to the class of 2011.
“We’re trying to get some of the younger guys involved to keep the tradition going,” Clark said.
Paul Holdeman, who was a senior linebacker on Goshen’s 1988 state championship team, now lives in Washington D.C. He is a regular in the game and said it’s just a fun way to get together.
“It’s a good way,” he said, “to burn off our Thanksgiving meals.”