The Webster Groves Statesmen and Kirkwood Pioneers are clinging to a high school tradition, a throwback to a bygone era.
Their rivalry turns 100 years old Thanksgiving Day. That doesn't mean 100 games (there were interruptions in the series), but that won't matter. The game means the world for the neighboring St. Louis suburban communities.
"It's a pride issue," Kirkwood senior lineman Brad Schaefer said. "You play for the respect of your school and city."