Thanksgiving Day Rivalries: Governor Livingston vs. New Providence

On Thanksgiving, Governor Livingston and New Providence will resume their annual rivalry, which is a battle for the Hills of Union County. Despite the problems caused by COVID-19, the two teams did manage to play at Leider Field on Thanksgiving Eve with New Providence winning to finish 2020 with an 8-1 record. New Providence also won on Thanksgiving 2021, the last time these two teams played on the holiday. Below is a history of the rivalry through the years:

Game Particulars

Series Notes

  • Rivalry began in 1969.
  • New Providence leads series, 30-8-2.
  • New Providence has outscored Governor Livingston 904-475 all time, or by an average of about 23-12 per game.
  • Teams met twice in 1989 with 2nd meeting a playoff contest (won by New Providence 24-0).
  • Governor Livingston and New Providence have played every year since 2002.
  • New Providence has won 4 straight and 7 of the last 12 meetings.
  • Prior to 2014, New Providence had won 26 of 31 meetings.
  • Governor Livingston’s first win in the series was in 1984 (20-16).
  • Governor Livingston’s longest win streak: 5 Years in a row from 2014-18; Only had won 3 times prior to 2014.
  • New Providence’s longest win streak: 9 straight meetings from 1969-82. Two schools didn’t meet in 1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, and 1981. Pioneers also won 8 years in a row from 2006-13.
  • Both teams have only ended up in one scoreless tie, which was in 1985. The two schools tied twice in 3 years (other tie was 6-6 in 1983).
  • New Providence has 7 shutouts including twice in 1989; Last one was in 2003.
  • Governor Livingston has 3 shutouts; last one was in 2015.
  • Largest margin of victory: New Providence won 52-0 in 1975.
  • Governor Livingston’s largest margin of victory: 35-14 in 2014.

Series History

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