By Rudy Perez ‘24

One of the best traditions that comes with Thanksgiving is Turkey Bowls. The Crusaders held their annual Turkey Bowl last Thursday, Nov. 16.

There was a great showing, with 21 teams; however, only one team came out on top. This year’s champion was Team Callaghan.

The championship game kicked off under the lights after a long day of games. It was a triple overtime thriller, ending in a Ryan Hartz touchdown pass to Chris Daugherty.

Team Callaghan consisted of only Brother Rice baseball players.

Senior captain Chris Daugherty said, “You know, we put a lot of hard work leading up to the Turkey Bowl. We had one goal, and that was to win it all. A lot of people were counting us out before the tournament. Winning felt really good.”

Senior Colin Welniak said, “The atmosphere was quite electric. It was cool seeing the team storm the field after winning it all.”

Senior Seamus Hanley ran the event, and he was the head referee. There was a lot of controversy surrounding a touchdown that was called back in overtime in the championship game. Junior Eli Nelson was ruled out of bounds after catching a touchdown in the corner of the end zone.

Junior Colin Dickman said, “We were pretty heated. We thought he was in, and that call ruined our shot at getting a ring. We are going to try and make sure we don’t have a ref like Hanley at next year’s tourney.”

There is a lot of hype already being built for next year’s tournament. Team Callaghan will be looking to repeat their title in 2024.