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REGION — The first-year Groton-Dunstable Regional High School football program will host Tyngsborough High School in the inaugural Colonel’s Cup on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. in Groton.

The Colonel’s Cup is named in honor of two historical leaders from the colonial towns of Groton, Dunstable and Tyngsborough. Colonel William Prescott, born in Groton, was an American Colonel in the Revolutionary War who commanded the rebel forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott became known for his famous quote in an effort to conserve ammunition during the fight, “Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”

Colonel Jonathon Tyng first settled the area near the Merrimac River in 1673. The original town of Dunstable was named in honor of Mrs. Edward Tyng, who emigrated from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England. The Parrish of Tyngsborough officially split from the town of Dunstable in 1789.

The winning team will retain the Colonel’s Cup for the year.

Tickets will be sold at each school in advance from Monday, Nov. 24 to Wednesday, Nov. 26 during school hours. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets will be $8 on Thanksgiving Day.

Please join the high school communities of Groton-Dunstable and Tyngsborough for this memorable game.