Cavaliers will host reigning MIAA A Conference champs on Turkey Day

by Gary Adornato

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has cost local high school athletes so much in terms of lifelong experiences and traditions, but for the varsity football teams at Archbishop Spalding and Mount St. Joseph a new memory will emerge.

With the MIAA recently allowing its member schools to schedule competitions as part of an “Open Season,” athletic directors, of schools who wish to take advantage of the opportunity, have been scrambling to put together schedules for their teams. Spalding and St. Joe, the reigning MIAA A Conference champion, have included home-and-home matchups with each other, as well fellow MIAA A rival Calvert Hall, on their schedules.

Calvert Hall, of course, will be playing rival Loyola for the 101st time in the annual Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving morning and, now, the Cavaliers and Gaels will be joining them in competing on that morning. After playing at St. Joe on Nov. 7th, the two teams will play their return engagement at Spalding at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, which falls on Nov. 26th this year.

This is not set to be a tradition starter and no plans exist for the schools to play on Thanksgiving in the future, but as a one-off it will add a little extra excitement to a season that has been long delayed and curtailed.

“We’re excited to provide this new opportunity for our student athletes,” said Mount St. Joseph athletic director Kraig Loovis. “This will be a special event for our school community during this unique time.”