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Boston English celebrates its Thanksgiving victory in style

Posted by Ryan Butler  December 4, 2013 03:38 PM

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Members of the English football team were honored Wednesday afternoon for their Thanksgiving win over Boston Latin. (Billy Owens / For the Boston Globe.)

It’s no surprise that Boston English’s 14-12 Thanksgiving victory over Boston Latin was a big deal at the school. But for anyone who had any smidgen of doubt, all they needed to do was witness the turnout Wednesday afternoon for the celebratory parade at English High.

“It just feels great,” said junior Keylin McCray, a member of the team. “Last time we beat Latin was probably before I was even born. So it’s definitely an honor to be out here today. A good end to our season.”

In fact, English’s win over Latin was its first since 1997 and only its third Thanksgiving win since 1967.

The parade was held during English’s last period of the day. The student body filled the bleachers as the band, cheerleaders, and players walked proudly along the track to the applause of their classmates.

“Overall, it’s just a nice afternoon,” said senior Mohammad Salekin. “It’s like a thank you to all the football players, but also to some of the different groups and clubs here at English.

"The band is playing. Some other seniors are selling pizza and drinks to raise money for our class. Everyone gets to show their school spirit. Plus, it’s a great day for it, too.”

After the victory lap, English teacher and bandleader Eytan Wurman brought the Eagles and coach Brian Vaughan onto the field to acknowledge all the hard work they put in this fall.

“Give it up for your champion Eagles!” Wurman boomed over the microphone. “I want to especially acknowledge Coach Vaughan for receiving the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week award, and quarterback Emmanuel Almonte for getting MVP of the Thanksgiving game.”

Wurman acknowledged each player over the microphone.

Following the celebration, students and faculty participated in a flag football game on the field.

“Today brings in a lot of excitement for the school,” said Vaughan. “The Thanksgiving win also brought a lot of good press. It’s huge for English.”

When asked his feelings on receiving the Coach of the Week award, Vaughan was thankful yet adamant that it reflected the hard work his team put in day in and day out.

“That award's just proof of all the work the kids put in this year,” he said. “It’s definitely a team award.”

Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @butler_globe or @BPSspts.

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