This is not a Junior Varsity Game! Turkey Day is a varsity game played by freshmen and sophomores. Kirkwood will choose to hold their freshmen and sophomore players out of the game that may play in Friday's State Championship Game. If a player participates in Turkey Day, they are ineligible to participate in another game so quickly. Without another game to play in, Webster's freshmen and sophomores that have played on varsity will play at Turkey Day including starters QB Rob Thompson (if healthy), WR Cameron Hilton and others.
Playing varsity players at Turkey Day is not unfair or cheating by any stretch of the imagination; Kirkwood has done the same thing. Varsity keystone and future NFL player, WR Jeremy Maclin, started at quarterback for the Pioneers at Turkey Day in 2002 and 2003. Sports Illistrated covered the 2002 (The December 9, 2002 Article) and proclaimed "By the end of the first quarter the score was Jeremy Maclin 14, Webster 0." Sports Illistrated won't be at this Thursday's game as they were a decade before, but that doesn't mean there won't be excitement or the emergence of the next Kirkwood or Webster Groves football star. Click Here to see how most of this year's seniors were the main contributors in Turkey Day two years ago.
There will certainly be several new players in Thursday's game, but the normal Freshman and Junior Varsity football teams did play earlier this season. The Pioneers won both contests:
- Junior Varsity: Kirkwood 21 - Webster 13
- Freshmen: Kirkwood 35 - Webster 24
Conference Championship Considerations: As a varsity game, this Turkey Day counts in both teams' record, including conference standings. If Kirkwood wins, the Pioneers will finish 7-0 and win the Suburban South Conference Championship outright. If Webster Groves wins, there will be a three team tie for the conference title with Kirkwood, Webster and Summit all finishing with a 6-1 conference record.
Game Information: High-Noon at Moss Field behind Hixon Middle School on Thanksgiving -- Plan to arrive early, you will have to park a ways away... It's Turkey Day!
Ticket Information: Make sure you get your tickets in advance at any Kirkwood school's main office for $7 each. Tickets will also be available at Wednesday's Chili Cook-Off at Kirkwood High School. The proceeds for advance tickets stay in the Kirkwood School District. Tickets will also be available at Moss Field on gameday for $10. Tickets sold at the gate are split between the two schools.
Broadcast Options: The game will be broadcast by High School Sports Caravan on 590AM. Listen to the broadcast online here. Prepcasts Online Broadcasting Network will also be streaming live audio play-by-playonline. Listen to the broadcast online here. The game will also be broadcast tape-delayed on CCIN, Charter's Channel 10, at 5pm and 8pm on Thanksgiving as well as 7pm on Saturady and 10am on Sunday.
For in-game updates: follow @KirkwoodFB on Twitter or like Kirkwood Football on Facebook.
After the game: the scoring summary and standout performances will be posted here on Kirkwood Patch!