Rebirth of the Turkey Bowl
One of the longest standing Thanksgiving traditions in Wilmington didn’t take place last year, but it’s game-on this year, for the annual Turkey Bowl football game.
“The Turkey Bowl has been an institution in Wilmington since 1931,” said Hollis Briggs, Jr., the Turkey Bowl coordinator.
The Turkey Bowl used to be a huge event. In years past, it attracted thousands to the Port City, and it’s not just a tackle football game without pads; it’s a social event as well.
“People used to come from all parts of the us to come to Wilmington for the Turkey Bowl. With the passing of Coach Murphy we just had to resuscitate it,” said Atiba Johnson.
Coach William Murphy would be proud. Murphy died last month. For various reasons the game was not played last year, but it’s back this year. Thursday’s championship will feature the Jervay Bulldogs & the Eastside Souljahs from Creekwood.
“We want to keep this thing positive so you can bring your mom and your grandma and the kids all to see the game,” said Nino of the Eastside Souljahs.
There’s a new twist to the Turkey Bowl this year. There will be a women’s game as well. The title game will feature the Pink Panthers vs. Black Ice.
“Black Ice is coming for you loud and proud. Are y’all ready? Cause we are coming at you!” said Sarah Coker of Black Ice.
“They get along pretty good. A lot of them grew up together. We know what they can take and what they can’t. It’s a wonderful thing. I love to see them out there playing,” said Carl Murphy, Turkey Bowl official.
The women’s consolation game will be played at 11 a.m. behind Williston Middle School. The women’s title game will be played at 1:00 while the men’s championship takes place at 3:00.
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