BOSTON (CBS) – The football team at Cathedral High School in Boston celebrated today, despite losing to Blue Hills in the Massachusetts Division 4A Super Bowl earlier this month.

The team lost the game after a controversial penalty on their quarterback for excessive celebration.

Former Patriots Tedy Bruschi, current Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine were on hand today for a lunch with the team, along with Mayor Menino, who says Cathedral players are winners in his eyes.

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“Winning on the field is important, but winning in life is more important,” said Menino. “You win in the classroom, you’ll have opportunity for a brighter future.”

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Menino also praised the team’s sportsmanship following a tough loss.

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“They could have grouched about it. They could have not shaken hands with the other team. They were class acts,” Menino said.