Thanksgiving Day Rivalries: Phillipsburg vs. Easton

On Thanksgiving, Phillipsburg and Easton will resume their annual rivalry, which is one of the longest in New Jersey dating back to 1899. The two schools did not play on Thanksgiving in 2020 due to COVID-19. Easton won the last meeting between in 2019 at Lafayette College’s Fisher Stadium (16-13). Below is a history of the rivalry through the years:

Game Particulars


Series Notes

  • Rivalry began in 1905.
  • Easton leads series, 66-42-5
  • Phillipsburg’s first win was in 1910. Stateliners were 4-17-2 from 1905 to 1929.
  • In the first 10 years of the rivalry (1905-17), Easton shut out Phillipsburg 8 times, and outscored the Stateliners 176-12.
  • The two schools played twice in 1907 (Easton won both games 5-0 and 16-0).
  • Since 1990, Easton has won 22 times with one tie in 1993.
  • Easton has outscored Phillipsburg 1557-1192 all time, or by an average of about 14-11 per game.
  • Phillipsburg and Easton have played every year since 1914.
  • Easton has won 8 last 10 meetings including five straight since Phillipsburg’s last win in 2014.
  • Easton’s longest win streak: 5 Years in a row (five times) from 1905-09, 1911-17 (didn’t play in 1912 & 1913), 1936-40, 1950-54, and 2015-19;
  • Phillipsburg’s longest win streak: 5 Years in a row (twice) from 1945-49 and 1960-64.
  • Both teams have had two scoreless ties (1944 and 1967).
  • Phillipsburg has 23 shutouts; Six of those shutouts came during the period from 1941-48; Last one was in 2010.
  • Easton has 22 shutouts; Ten of those shutouts came during the period from 1905-30; Last one was in 2015.
  • Largest margin of victory: Easton won 47-0 in 1906.
  • Phillipsburg’s largest margin of victory: 46-0 in 1948.

Series History

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