CL Joel Baker with the ball

Cumberland junior tailback Joel Baker, center, shown stepping between East Providence’s Robert Amaral, left, and Evan Johnson, #7, and into the end zone during their regular-season meeting on Oct. 15, a 27-6 victory by the Clippers at Tucker Field, will try to help his teammates defeat Woonsocket in their annual Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday morning.

CUMBERLAND – The state’s fourth longest Thanksgiving Day rivalry is back after a year’s absence, and on Thursday at 10 a.m., Cumberland High will host Woonsocket High in their 57th holiday meeting in front of what promises to be a packed house at Tucker Field.

Cumberland leads the series, 34-18-4, and had captured eight straight contests before Woonsocket, fresh off repeating as Division II champions in 2019, silenced that win streak by winning their non-league meeting, 18-15.

The Villa Novans, who didn’t play during the two-month spring season, posted a 2-4 record in their return to the D-I circuit, but saw their season get sidelined on three different occasions because of COVID issues. They qualified for the D-I playoffs, but suffered a 26-0 loss to Burrillville in their preliminary-round game on Nov. 7.

They will try to break a four-game losing streak when they face the Clippers, who went 5-3 and reached the D-II playoffs for the fifth straight year. Cumberland posted a 33-0 victory over East Greenwich in their preliminary-round opener, but suffered a 24-7 loss to Portsmouth in the quarterfinals.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., winless Lincoln High will pay a visit to Macomber Stadium’s turf facility to face the one-win Central Falls/Blackstone Valley Prep co-op team.

The Lions concluded their Division II schedule with an 0-7 record, while the co-op team, which went 0-6 in D-III play, managed to pick up a 28-0 victory over a D-IV team, winless Tiverton, in a non-league meeting on Nov. 12.

The Lions lead the non-league series, 7-3, and have won the last five contests, four of them by 20 or more points.

Also playing on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and making its debut as a Thanksgiving participant, is Davies’ third-year team, which will head to Providence’s Conley Stadium to begin a holiday series with the Juanita Sanchez/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team.

Both Division IV teams faced each other during the regular season on Oct. 29, and the co-op team was able to squeak out a 12-8 victory.

The Patriots, who are 4-4, and the co-op team, which is 6-3, played last Friday night in the D-IV semifinals and came away with losses. Fifth-seeded Davies suffered a 29-6 loss to undefeated Ponaganset, and in a battle of co-op programs, 2nd-seeded Juanita Sanchez/Providence Country Day/Wheeler lost in overtime to 6th-seeded Exeter-West Greenwich/Prout, 7-6.

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