Statesmen can’t find win in T-Day festivities

Webster running back DJ Johnson (15) tries to avoid Kirkwood defenders JC Chery (36) and James Willis (24) in the Turkey Day game at Kirkwood. Photo by Bret Waelterman

Webster running back DJ Johnson (15) tries to avoid Kirkwood defenders JC Chery (36) and James Willis (24) in the Turkey Day game at Kirkwood. Photo by Bret Waelterman

Cal Lanouette
Sports Editor

“A Turkey Day to remember” the “Kirkwood Call” reported, but for many of Webster’s residents, it was more like a Turkey Day to forget.

The Pioneers took it to the Statesmen on the Thanksgiving Day football game, scoring 44 points to Webster’s 0. Kirkwood scored 21 points in the first quarter alone, and Webster simply had no answer the rest of the game.

“Obviously, the outcome of the game was disappointing,” running back Coach Scott Stallcup said. “It’s such a great tradition, and we are all proud to be a part of it.  Hopefully, the game will be a motivating force as we move into our offseason workouts.”

The hockey teams met Friday evening at the Webster Groves Recreation Center ice rink. It was more Pioneer success as they routed the Statesmen 7-0.

It was the same result for the wing eating contest that the two schools competed in.

Robotics teams came together the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. There were two teams from Kirkwood, a new Brentwood team, a home school team and Webster’s team.

“We had a hardware inspection, software inspection, and then they ran some scrimmages on our mat,” said robotics teacher Nicholas Kirschman.

The teams’ goal was to build a robot that could move and pick up blocks and put them into a basket somewhere on the mat.

Nobody actually won the robotics competition, Kirschman said, “It was an example of gracious professionalism.”

Webster, however, knocked Kirkwood out of Districts for football on the cold, wet Monday of Nov. 11. That could be just as good as winning Turkey Day.

Webster’s next look at Kirkwood will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan., 24. Kirkwood comes to Roberts Gym for a league basketball game.

The Pioneers knocked the Statesmen out of the first round of last year’s men’s basketball District tournament at Vianney.

The Statesmen will surely be hungry for redemption for not only Turkey Day, but the District tournament loss as well.



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