Excerpt from Chapter 7: Perfection
Trailing for the first time all year, Lidy was getting anxious as the Knights had been unable to hold onto the ball, losing two fumbles and and an interception.
Deciding to shake things up a bit, Lidy sent in a play called “600 Flea Flicker.” While the team had been practicing the play all season, it wasn’t until the Memorial game that Lidy felt his players had its intricate timing and precision down.
The coach had been setting up the play all night, running specific pass patterns and formations to gauge how the Tigers might respond. They responded with over-pursuing man-to-man coverage, just what 600 Flea Flicker was designed for.
Davis barked out the signals at the line of scrimmage as the Tiger defense set, unaware that Dave Brosmer was lined up at fullback instead of tailback. Davis took the snap and faked a handoff to Brosmer into the line as Chester ran a 10-yard curl pattern. Making his curl, Chester, with three defenders converging on him, turned just in time to see the ball hit his hands. In an instant, he flipped the ball to the trailing Brosmer who, having fought his way through the line, was now lost to the Memorial defenders.
After a particularly nasty hit by two Memorial defenders, Chester picked himself up off the turf and saw Brosmer race untouched into the end zone 60 yards down field. And just like that, the extra point kick gave the Knights a 7-6 halftime lead.
“That was the kind of play where everything — absolutely everything — had to work perfectly, be timed perfectly,” Lidy said.
The play’s flawless execution left the coaches and players realizing it was a play that could be good to them again in the future.
It would be on the basketball court that the simmering Boonville-Castle rivalry would first be inflamed as the 1960s began. A 60-50 defeat of Boonville helped power the inaugural Castle basketball team to a 10-7 record and a chance to repeat Newburgh’s sectional title the season before. Boonville wasn’t about to easily allow that to happen against this upstart, especially with the sectional being played in the Pioneers’ new 4,200-seat gymnasium, a half-scale model of the University of Evansville basketball stadium.
Both teams made it through their sectional draws to meet in the Saturday night championship match, where a crowd of 3,500 spectators watched a nip-and-tuck battle and a late charge by Castle fall just short in Boonville’s 44-39 sectional championship victory.
In the following melee of a celebration, salt was added to the festering Castle wound when a group of Boonville players grabbed the Knights’ six-foot-tall paper Mache mascot from the Castle cheering section, dragged it to mid-court and speared it with its own lance. The Boonville-Castle rivalry had just kicked into high gear.
The rivalry would transfer to the gridiron as well.
Following a 13-6 loss to the Huntingburg High School Hunters, the 1-5 Knights would line up against the Pioneers, who weren’t having a glorious season either, coming in with a 1-7 record. But Boonville had a history to fall back on, having first fielded a football team way back in 1929.
An estimated 1,000 fans watched the history-making beginning of an overheated football rivalry at Boonville’s Hemenway Field. The game marked the first time in 56 years that the Pioneers would meet another Warrick County foe on the gridiron.
Boonville’s sloppiness, rather than Castle’s impressiveness, prevented the score from getting any worse than the 19-7 final. Despite two impressive touchdown runs by Pioneers sophomore Alan Per, Boonville dropped a number of passes and had two touchdowns called back because of penalties.