Considering the interest from students, faculty, fans and alumni from each school, don't expect the game to be any less intense — on the field or in the stands — because it's not in an NFL stadium.
Cardinals senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Holder said his team could barely hear a thing on the field Friday night with 6,000 fans screaming during the MIAA championship, also at Towson. On Thursday morning, a sellout crowd is likely to pack Unitas Stadium. Last year's game drew 10,967 fans to M&T.
"Playing at M&T is definitely a great experience, playing where Ray Lewis plays, Ray Rice, all these great football players," Holder said. "But at the same time, when you play at Towson, the atmosphere is so much bigger, so much greater. It's the same amount of people but a smaller venue makes it seem like it's that much louder. It makes the game that much more fun."
92nd Turkey Bowl
No. 2 Calvert Hall (9-2) vs. Loyola (4-5)
When: Thursday, 10 a.m.
Where: Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University
Coaches: Donald Davis, Calvert Hall; Brian Abbott, Loyola
Last meeting: Calvert Hall won, 41-13, last season
Series: Loyola leads, 48-35-8
TV: Ch. 2
Key Players to Watch
Calvert Hall: RB-LB C.J. Williams, Sr. (605 yards rushing, 422 yards receiving, 9 TDs), WR-DB Trevor Williams, Sr. (89 caches for 1,057 yards, 15 TDs); QB Thomas Stuart, Sr. (2,368 yards passing for 31 TDs), DL Emmauel Holder, Sr. (78 tackles, 9 sacks); DB DaQuan Davis, Sr. (38 tackles, 4 INTs, 2 blocked FGs).
Loyola: LB Alex Hunt, Jr. (90 tackles, 3 fumble rec., 2 INT), QB Jake Clise, Jr. (98 for 178 passing for 1376 yards, 13 TDs; 608 yards rushing, 8TDs), RB Ryan Black, Sr. (956 total yards, 7 TDs), FS-WR Kacy Kapinos, Sr. (614 total yards, 4 TD’s; 63 Tackles, 3 INTs), SS Cole Boozer, Jr. (62 tackles, 2 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 1 fumble rec., 1 INT)