Hayden Snyder, 10, of Conewago Township, celebrates a completion while playing quarterback on the sidelines of the Northeastern Alumni Turkey Bowl
Hayden Snyder, 10, of Conewago Township, celebrates a completion while playing quarterback on the sidelines of the Northeastern Alumni Turkey Bowl practice. Hayden played with other kids while his father, Jamie, a youth program coach in the district, practiced for the third annual alumni football game, to be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the high school. (Bill Kalina photo)

Northeastern alumni who never had the chance to play football on a team get to gear up Wednesday at the third annual Turkey Bowl.

And, if the National Weather Service forecast holds, the day couldn't be more perfect.

"We haven't had any problems with the weather in the past, and mother nature is smiling down on us again this year, so we are lucky," said Brendan Brown, head football coach at a high school that didn't have a football team until 2006.

In fact, sunny skies are expected to cover York County most of Thanksgiving week.

Wednesday's forecast is partly sunny with a high near 55, according to the weather service.

Thanksgiving Day will be sunny with a high near 58 and an overnight low around 36.

Black Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 59, and the rest of the weekend will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s.

At Northeastern: That should mean a comfortable day for football at Northeastern on Wednesday.

About 40 Northeastern graduates and staff will compete at Bobcat Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

"It's all about pride because most of these people have never gotten to play before because Northeastern never had football," said Brown.

Coaches and seniors on Northeastern's 2012 football team are directing the Turkey Bowl players at the game and at practices on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

"We have alumni cheerleaders and all that good stuff, and everything is alumni based," Brown said.

Officials volunteer their time, and players pay $75 to play, which benefits the football booster club.

- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com