Dons and Cardinals Set to Play in 101st Turkey Bowl

The 101st meeting between the football teams of Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall College will take place on Thanksgiving morning—a continuation of one of the nation’s longest-running high school football traditions. 

Although fall sports for member schools of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) will take place in the form of independent schedules, both schools were eager to ensure a safe path toward extending the Turkey Bowl tradition. Loyola Blakefield President Anthony Day is grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this meaningful tradition. “Schools have overcome an incredible amount of disruption since March, which has brought elevated levels of anxiety for students, families, and educators,” said Day. “Although the pandemic has robbed our students of other elements of their school year, committing to this special event, which has endured so much through its storied history, brings our communities together in a way that celebrates a proud legacy of education in the Catholic tradition and the spirit of brotherhood and family that the game represents.”

Last year marked the 100th playing of the annual Turkey Bowl, which resulted in a 33–10 victory for the Calvert Hall Cardinals. Loyola currently leads the series with a 49-43-8 record. As both teams prepare to begin their Fall 2020 schedules, the Dons will look ahead to snapping the Cardinals’ streak of six straight Turkey Bowl victories. Anthony Zehyoue, who is leading the Dons in his fourth season as head coach, is eager to get back on the field and has his sights set on the Thanksgiving morning kickoff. “In this year, when so many of our community’s traditions have been cancelled or postponed, the opportunity to play the Turkey Bowl is a privilege and blessing,” said Zehyoue. “Our Dons and the Loyola community relish this game, and we look forward to preparing for the challenge.”

The game will be played at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 26th, at Calvert Hall’s Paul Angelo Russo Stadium. Specific guidelines and protocols, including spectator policies, will be finalized in the coming weeks. 

How to view the game: WMAR-TV will broadcast the game (check local listings) and will provide a live stream via their website.
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