CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: There wasn’t the typical 5,000 frenzied fans surrounding the field on Friday night, September 25.

But football was played.

The event was missing the yearly union of two of New England’s best marching bands, with more than 200 combined instruments for a spine-chilling rendition of the national anthem.

But football was played.

The Mack Plaque rivalry between border-town adversaries went off for the 38th consecutive year Friday night, and it appears Londonderry is getting the hang of the conflict.

One year after snapping a 22-game losing streak to Pinkerton, the defending state-champion Lancers beat the Astros for the third straight time, 23-14.