Four Catholic Memorial School seniors gave their classmates on the varsity football team some added motivation on Thanksgiving morning. Before the morning’s “Turkey Bowl” game against Boston College High School, the four students ran a ceremonial game ball across the city.
The runners are (left to right) Dylan Ryan, Ryan Reid, Matt McCarthy and Ed DeLuca.
Ahead of the schools’ 51st annual game, the four “Superfans” crossed West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester and South Boston in the process.
Pictured: The four runners head down Centre St. in West Roxbury.
Inspired by a pre-game tradition organized by cadets before the annual Army/Navy game, the CM students planned the 10-mile run for several weeks.
Pictured: Ed DeLuca runs through the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale.
When he heard about the idea, Ed DeLuca signed up right away. “We wanted to start a new tradition, and give our class something to leave behind for the rest of CM to follow. Hopefully this starts a lucky streak for CM in beating BC High,” he said.
Pictured: Ryan Reid runs down an empty street in Jamaica Plain.
Varsity captains Kevin Bletzer, Connor Peck, Peter Ngobidi and Godswill Igbokwe handed the ball off to the runners during a morning broadcast on the school’s TV station during homeroom on Tuesday. They received it back from them before the game.
Pictured: The run continues down Tremont St. in Roxbury.
The students began the run at 7:45 a.m. from O’Connor Stadium in West Roxbury and proceeded through six boroughs of Boston to Viola Stadium on Morrissey Boulevard. As they passed curious pedestrians who eyed them in their “CM Superfan” t-shirts and relaying a football to one another, the boys yelled “Happy Thanksgiving!” in reply.
Pictured: Ryan Reid carries the ball in front of Matt McCarthy as they turn onto Southampton Street in the South End.
Asked why they volunteered, Dylan Ryan, who plays soccer, lacrosse and swims for CM, said, “We’re a motivated group of kids, and of course, we’re really fast. And we’re Superfans. We bleed silver and red.”
Pictured: The runners arrive at BC High’s Cotter Field.
Arriving on Cotter Field, the four runners did a celebratory lap, then delivered the ball to the team captains and posed for a photo. “They told us, ‘We’re gonna make you proud,’ ” said Reid.
Pictured: The runners deliver the ball to CM senior captain Kevin Bletzer.
This was the fifth consecutive Turkey Bowl for Matt McCarthy, who drove in from Framingham for the run Thursday morning. “I predict the Knights win, 20-17,” he said before the game.
Pictured: The game ball makes its debut on the field.
The Knights led early in the game, and made an 80-yard drive in the closing minutes, but BC High won, 20-14.