The 2010 football season in general and Thanksgiving Day in particular closed on a happy note last week for the New Milford High football team.

Coach Chuck Lynch's Green Wave rallied past host New Fairfield, 21-14, Nov. 25 to capture the Candlewood Cup, representative of the between rivalry between neighboring South-West Conference gridiron programs.

The Rebels had claimed the cup during the first three years of its existence.

The victory also boosted the Green Wave's record to a final 2-8 for the campaign.

Senior quarterback Karl Bradshaw threw respective touchdown passes covering 32 and 56 yards to Patrick Jordan and Conor Burns after Mat Becker had put NMHS on the board with a 72-yard punt return to paydirt in the first period.

Tyler Clark followed the Burns TD with a point after kick and Mike Phillips hauled in a Bradshaw aerial for a two-pointer after Burns' six-pointer to account for the Wave's other points.

An inspired Green Wave defense made the offense's efforts stand up thanks to two interceptions by Shamus Higginbottom, another pickoff by Patrick Jordan and a late-game fumble recovery by Cody Smith.

"The defense played better than it has played all year," praised coach Lynch. "I think a lot of it has to do with that fact that it's a rivalry game and the kids were really excited about it."

"To beat these guys on Thanksgiving," he added, "to cap off our fall season means a lot..."

--Norm Cummings and Richard Gregory