WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High has changed its Thanksgiving football opponent this season.
Chariho will host East Greenwich at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The Chargers had played Narragansett the past four seasons, holding a 3-1 advantage against the Mariners. But Chariho has moved from Division II to Division III this season. Narragansett also plays in Division III.
Chariho is scheduled to play at Narragansett on Oct. 26 in a regular-season league game.
“Since Narragansett is in Division III, there is the potential for us to play them three times,” Chariho athletic director Mike Shiels said. “We could have played them in the regular season, during the playoffs and on Thanksgiving. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League has revised its postseason schedule for football this season. All championship games will be played the weekend before Thanksgiving, which will be the final game of the season for all teams.
Therefore, the three meetings between Chariho and Narragansett could have occurred in a roughly four-week time period.
When East Greenwich, which plays in Division II, hosts Chariho in 2019, the game will be played on Thanksgiving at 10 a.m.
Shiels said East Greenwich will remain the Thanksgiving opponent for now.
“We realign every two years, so it’s difficult to predict how that might change things,” Shiels said.
Narragansett will now play the Exeter-West Greenwich/Prout co-op on Thanksgiving. East Greenwich had played EWG for the past four seasons on Thanksgiving, defeating them all four times.
Chariho played EWG from 1996-2013 holding a 13-5 advantage over the Scarlet Knights.
Chariho opens the regular season on Sept. 7, hosting Westerly in a nonleague game at 7 p.m.