Not even a man wearing a cowboy hat while eating a Big Mac, listening to Bruce Springsteen and trading derivatives on his iPad is more American than high school football state championship games on Thanksgiving weekend.
Those games were played on Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening. The Missouri state title games took place in the Edward Jones Dome. The Illinois contests were in Memorial Stadium on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
If you'll remember, the East St. Louis Senior High Flyers, subjects of a recent Riverfront Times cover story and accompanying slideshow, had been eliminated in the quarterfinals by fellow regional juggernaut Warrenville South. The two-time defending Illinois Class 7A state champs ended up losing in this year's title game to Boylan Catholic.
On the other side of the river, it was a rough weekend for 314 area-code teams, who went a combined 0-4 against their western Missouri opponents.
Here are all the results, with the state champs in bold:
Blue Springs South - 40
Christian Brothers College (St. Louis) - 37
Staley (Kansas City) - 35
Kirkwood - 21
Webb City - 56
MICDS (St. Louis) - 42
Logan-Rogersville (Rogersville) - 21
John Burroughs (St. Louis) - 14
Lamar - 49
Lafayette County (Higginsville) - 19
Valle Catholic (Sainte Genevieve) - 49
South Shelby (Shelbina) - 7
Bolingbrook - 21
Loyola Academy (Wilmette) - 17
Boylan Catholic (Rockford) - 21
Warrenville South (Wheaton) - 14
Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake) - 35
Richwoods (Peoria) - 14
Montini (Lombard) - 35
Kaneland (Maple Park) - 31
Rochester - 42
Richmond-Burton (Richmond) - 39
Aurora Christian (Aurora) - 34
Mt. Carmel - 7
Morrison - 23
Casey-Westfield (Casey) - 14
Dakota - 41
Tuscola - 27