Were the Eskimos Cheated Out of the Championship Win?
By Maya Gorman
Danny O’Connor, Adv. 901, throws a deep pass to his brother, Liam O’Connor, Adv. 004, who catches it for the victory. Or so we thought. With 21 teams participating in Turkey Bowl, there was sure to be some action, but no one expected a controversy like this.
This year’s Turkey Bowl was led by Northside senior leaders to raise money for the Brian McManus Scholarship. Audrey McManus, Adv. 900, spoke about this year’s fundraising. “This year, the senior leaders decided to raise money for the Brian McManus Scholarship. We all worked to put together a fun and competitive tournament and I think it was very successful. It means a lot to have so much support for the scholarship so we can continue it for many years at Northside.”
The championship game, played between Colin Brennan’s Team (CB’s Team) and the Eskimos caused action Turkey Bowl has not seen in years. Playing for Brennan’s team was Jack Mullen, Adv. 906, Sergio Rodriguez, Adv. 905, Colin Brennan, Adv. 005, Evan Carman, Adv. 008, and Campbell O’Conor, Adv. 903. On the Eskimos were Danny O’Connor, Adv. 901, Liam O’Connor, Adv. 004, Jake Trick, Adv. 006, Jack Vasilopoulos, Adv. 006, Josh Burns, Adv. 000, Cameron Boulanger, Adv. 009, and Lily Root, Adv. 002.
The first touchdown was scored by CB’s Team when Rodriguez threw a lengthy pass to O’Conor. They were unsuccessful in their two-point conversion, leaving the ball in the hands of the Eskimos. The Eskimos had little success in this drive as D. O’Connor’s second throw was intercepted by Mullen.
After dropping the first snap, Rodriguez decided to make a break for it and was eventually stopped. Rodriguez then threw the ball to O’Conor in the endzone where he was tackled to the ground. After some discussion amongst the referees, the play was ruled not a touchdown keeping the score 0-6 with CB’s Team ahead.
The Eskimos then took charge and after an initial incomplete pass, D. O’Connor gained steam completing a pass to Trick on second down, and running himself on third down. D. O’Connor then passed to Trick on fourth down who scored, tying the game 6-6. The Eskimos scored their two-point conversion making the score 8-6.
The first half ended with an interception by D. O’Connor leaving the Eskimos ahead 8-6.
The second half started with a long pass to L. O’Connor, who caught the ball for a touchdown. The score was now 14-6 Eskimos. After an unsuccessful attempt for the extra-point, possession was returned to CB’s Team.
CB’s Team wasted no time when they got the ball as Rodriguez threw to Mullen for their second touchdown of the game making the score 14-12 Eskimos. They successfully went for two, tying the score 14-14.
With time running out, the Eskimos had possession. Would they be able to pull through to reign as champs? Yes, or so they thought. D. O’Connor threw a deep pass to L. O’Connor, who caught it in the endzone, leading the Eskimos to victory, 20-14.
There was contention over the play after a bystander, who supposedly had a better view, came forward to the referees saying that it was not a touchdown. After a conversation, the call was overturned and the score remained tied, 14-14.
After much heated argument, the game continued into overtime. CB’s team scored a touchdown for the win. Whatever the outcome, all fans present will agree that this is the most action Turkey Bowl has seen in a while.