Middletown lost to Port Jervis 13-12 in last year’s Erie Bell game, the first showdown played between the two rivals’ on Thanksgiving since 1969.
The Middies want the Bell back and host Port Jervis at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Turkey Day, at Faller Field. The series began 1897. Middletown leads it by a mark of 69-57-7. In terms of games played, Middletown vs. Port Jervis is one of the longest high school football rivalries in the country.