Staunton and Gillespie football game to celebrate 100 years


November 15, 2023

By Tom Emery

No high school football game was ever quite like this one. A century later, the thought of it still boggles the mind, and captures the imagination.

Nov. 24, marks 100 years since Staunton beat Gillespie 233-0, setting multiple state scoring records that still stand. The outcome of the game attracted national attention and set southern Macoupin County buzzing, even overshadowing an NFL exhibition game in the area a few days later.

Oddly, there is debate now about some of the basic aspects of the game. But a century later, the towns of Staunton and Gillespie are still talking abo...

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