Webster Gobbles Up Kirkwood Statesmen Win 33-13 in Turkey Day Game

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Last season's annual Turkey Day Game was a meaty thriller.

But the 81st version of the Webster Groves-Kirkwood high school football rivalry was a thin drumstick in comparison.

Webster Groves' Antwain Davis ran 85 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and, after briefly falling behind, the Statesmen rolled on to a 33-13 victory Thursday afternoon. Webster Groves' Latrelle Yancey scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter for a 16-7 lead before Chris Budzinski kicked his second field goal of the first half - a 25-yarder that gave the Statesmen a 19-7 lead on the final play before intermission. Webster Groves, which won the battle 36-35 last year, will maintain possession of the Frisco Bell, a traveling trophy that is annually kept at the school that wins the game. Webster took a tougher route last year. The Statesmen trailed 35-14 before their improbable come-from-behind win. "Last year, it was more exciting," Webster Groves quarterback Stephen Rhodes said. "But this one meant a lot more. We wanted to go out with a bang." The Statesmen, who were still reeling from a 27-12 loss to Parkway Central in the playoffs, opened Thursday's game with a bang. The run by Davis at jam-packed Moss Field had the home crowd on its fe et early and gave the Webster students a reason to ring the bell - as if they needed an excuse. "It's a play we have had in place half the year, but we lined up in a different formation," Statesmen coach Ken Manwarring said. "We wanted to hit quick because of the conditions. It was a great way to start." Evidence that footing would be treacheorous came on the extra point. Budzinski slipped and drilled the ball well below the goal post. Webster led 6-0. Kirkwood was the underdog heading into the game because of its youth. …