Why this game is special: These two schools renewed their Thanksgiving rivalry last year. Southern won 35-0 as the schools played on the holiday for the first time since 1983.

The winner receives the Boyd/Emmert Trophy, which is named after deceased Central coach Joe Boyd and former Southern coach Ron Emmert.

Southern Regional update: The Rams have been hampered by injuries and have dropped three of their last four games. Southern wide receiver Mike Gesicki, who has verbally committed to Penn State, has 99 career catches for 1,760 career yards.

Central Regional update: The Golden Eagles come off a 46-14 loss to Delsea Regional in the first round of the South Jersey Group III playoffs. Central features running back Javon Hardy, who scored six touchdowns in a 41-26 win over Monsignor Donovan on Nov. 1.

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