PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Congrats to Interboro and Ridley for winning the first ever 94WIP Turkey Bowl contest, earning themselves a live broadcast of their annual Thanksgiving Day game on SportsRadio 94WIP.
94WIP Midday Show hosts Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie will call the game and Howard Eskin will be the sideline reporter.
Voting took place on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and over 200,000 votes were cast. WIP will make a donation to both Interboro and Ridley of $2500 per school thanking them for participating in the program.
Jack A. Signor III, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Ridley High School said “We’re thrilled to welcome WIP to our annual Thanksgiving Day game. Additionally, we’re pleased to have WIP play a role in a tradition that has meant so much to both the Ridley and Interboro School Communities for so many years.“
Ed Kloss, Athletic Director/Assistant Principal from Interboro High School added, “Interboro is excited to be chosen for this broadcast. It’s a great tradition and we look forward to the game at Ridley.”
94WIP midday host Joe DeCamara said, “Interboro versus Ridley is going to be extra special this year. Thanksgiving Day high school football on WIP will be awesome!”
“I’m eager to give this game the pomp it deserves while making a new tradition at WIP,” added Jon Ritchie.
The Interboro Ridley Rivalry has its roots in the Prospect Park/Ridley Park Thanksgiving Day Game which began pre-World War II. The first game was played on what is now Ridley Middle School. That field is now used by the Ridley Parkers Football Team. When the game was played at Prospect Park it was played on what is now Witmer Field home of the Prospect Park Termites.
In 1954 the High School’s from Norwood, Glenolden, and Prospect Park formed Interboro High School and continued to play Ridley Park on Thanksgiving. In 1965 when Ridley merged with Ridley Township the tradition we now know as the Ridley vs. Interboro Thanksgiving Day Game was born. Counting the community rival games which Interboro has records going back to 1936 (earliest surviving evidence we have) this rivalry matchup has been played for 81 years.
The first time Interboro won the Thanksgiving Day contest as it exists now was 1973. It wasn’t until Steve Lennox took the helm in 1993 that Interboro would win the game again. Since he has taken over the program the record between the schools is 13-7 in favor of Interboro.
The trophy that is played for during this contest is the Phil Marion Trophy. It was a gift of the Ridley graduating class of 1970. Like the Stanley Cup it is given each year to the victors at the end of the game and the school’s etch the year and winning team on the trophy.
The last four matchups have been won by Ridley and the Phil Marion Trophy currently resides at Ridley High School.