"It's really important," Jack said. "We've never lost to Loyola in the Turkey Bowl and we want to keep it that way."

Will and the Dons, of course, don't want their seniors to graduate 0-4 against their biggest rival.

"They're on a hot streak right now, Turkey Bowl-wise," Will said. "Jack always talks about how we haven't won in a while, so it would be cool to beat him and have bragging rights."

Bragging rights for the household will be loud and clear during Thursday evening's Thanksgiving feast at an aunt's house.


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"It'll be chest pounding by one," Perry D'Angelo said, "and the other looking to validate their school — 'Okay, you may have beaten us in the Turkey Bowl but we beat you in badminton or whatever.' They always have to respond with 'Yeah, but ... '"

Next week, the competition likely will ease up and the brothers will go back to rooting for each other until they perhaps face off again in lacrosse.

"I tried to go to as many of his basketball games as I could last year to see him play," Jack said. "We've grown really close over the years obviously as brothers, but we have common interests so we're closer than most brothers, I guess. We care a lot about each other."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

93rd Turkey Bowl

No. 4 Calvert Hall (8-3) vs. Loyola (4-6)

When: Thursday, 10 a.m.

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

Coaches: Donald Davis, Calvert Hall; Brant Hall, Loyola

Series: Loyola leads, 48-36-8

Last meeting: Calvert Hall won, 34-17, last season

Current streak: Calvert Hall has won three straight

Longest streak: Loyola won 11 straight, 1989-1999

TV: Ch. 2

Outlook: The area's third-longest football rivalry behind 124 years of City-Poly and 97 years of Gilman-McDonogh moves back to M&T Bank Stadium after being moved to Towson last year because of a Ravens home game on Thanksgiving night. Players on both sides are thrilled to be back on the Ravens' home turf for a game that draws more than 10,000 fans. The Calvert Hall seniors want to polish off a perfect run through their four years and finish their careers on a high note after falling to Gilman in Saturday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. In a rivalry where the favorite doesn't always win, the Dons could salvage a difficult season with a victory. Both coaches said one of the keys will be big plays — the Cardinals are mostly likely to pull them off and Loyola has to make sure they don't. The Dons aim to slow the game down, while the Cardinals prefer to speed it up.

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