Thanksgiving practices a yearly tradition for high school football

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — While you’re sleeping in bed or already up starting up the coffee machine with the Thanksgiving Day Parade lighting up your TV screen, high school football teams still climbing the postseason ladder are out on the field practicing for their next big game that weekend.

It’s a tradition that mirrors what the NFL does for families across the country on our most humble of holidays, bringing a close knit group together to celebrate and give thanks for all that they have received, accomplished, share.

During Thanksgiving break, football players can focus solely on football and coaches can channel that focus. Not only that, It’s a bonding experience to bring a group of young men together and recognize they are still playing football together as they chase their goal of a state championship.

Seven local high schools will all take the field Friday and Saturday to play for a Regional final before that coveted state championship game, and all of them are thankful to be together one more time as a family, win or loss.