Thanksgiving Day Rivalries: Plainfield vs. Westfield

On Thanksgiving, Plainfield and Westfield 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. Westfield won the last meeting between in 2019 at Kehler Stadium (24-0). Below is a history of the rivalry through the years:

Game Particulars


Series Notes

  • Rivalry began in 1899.
  • Westfield leads series, 63-45-7.
  • Plainfield had the series only forfeit in 1941.
  • Since 1960, Westfield has won 44 times with two ties in 1985 and 1993.
  • Westfield has outscored Plainfield 1509-1233 all time, or by an average of about 13-11 per game.
  • Teams met once in the playoffs in 1976 with Westfield winning 14-0.
  • Plainfield and Westfield have played every year since 1944.
  • Westfield has won 9 last 10 meetings (9 straight since Plainfield’s last win in 2011). Blue Devils have won 13 of 14 since 2006.
  • Plainfield’s longest win streak: 11 Years in a row from 1949-59; Cardinals have only won 15 times since.
  • Westfield’s longest win streak: 15 straight meetings from 1968-81 including twice in 1976.
  • Both teams have had 6 scoreless ties (1916, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1985, and 1993).
  • Westfield has 18 shutouts including 4 times in last 10 meetings. Last one was in 2019.
  • Plainfield has 20 shutouts, but only two since 1959; last one was in 2004.
  • Largest margin of victory: Westfield won 45-0 in 1969.
  • Plainfield’s largest margin of victory: 40-0 in 2004.

Series History

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