WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite harsh winds, fans cheered on the Blue Devils and the Cardinals at their 115th annual Thanksgiving day football game Thursday.

Westfield defeated Plainfield 24-0, continuing their winning streak against Plainfield for the eighth consecutive year.

Quarterback Hank Shapiro threw two touchdowns before halftime and boosted the Blue Devils to a 17-0 lead. The game marked Shapiro’s 50th touchdown pass of his high school career.

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Running back Tim Alliegro ran over 110 yards throughout the game and ran for a touchdown near the end of the 4th quarter, pushing Westfield’s score to 24 -0.

“Our defense played great,” said head coach Jim DeSarno. “It was our first shut-out of the year. Offensively, we had some struggles, but in the end, I was really pleased with the way we moved the ball.”

Despite many attempts to advance toward the endzone, Plainfield’s team was not able to push past the Blue Devil’s defense.

The game marked the end of Westfield’s football seasons, following the Blue Devils’ loss to Ridgewood in the semi-finals. Seniors of the football team, marching band, and cheerleading team were all honored in ceremonies.

 “It’s a really great group of seniors with the whole team. …I’m glad they went out with a win, but there are some really good seniors we’re going to miss,” DeSarno said.

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During halftime, the Westfield cheerleaders performed their routine and the Westfield marching band performed their show “The Light.”

Plainfield native Victoria Napolitano, who attended the game, was among those home from college for Thanksgiving.

“Personally, the college I go to does not have a football team, so it’s always great to come home, watch the game, and spend time with my family,” Napolitano said.

Shreya Jyotishi is a Westfield High School sophomore participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield. Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net.

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