KNIGHTIME STORIES: FACTS, LEGENDS AND EXAGGERATIONS
It’s a Snap
In 1964, Bishop Kelly opened its inaugural season with a 26-0 win against Homedale. Mike Rhodes scored the first points in school history on a one-yard run. Playing center that day and snapping the ball to for the Knights? Current Bishop Kelly High President Dave Lachiondo.
Desperation and Inspiration Lead to “The Immaculate Deception” Just 4:31 remaining in the state quarterfinal at Sandpoint, down by 10 points, 3rd down for a sputtering BK offensive attack that could barely muster a first down all half. In fact, it’s taken all game to score just 14 points. It’s foggy, wet, slippery and hostile conditions with boisterous fans ringing the field. Knights are 9 yards from a 1st down, 41 yards from the end zone, and 430 miles from home. Time out, Brennan enters the huddle. With a shrug and a grin he suggests the schoolyard gadget play they had devised earlier in the season. The play does have a code name, but it’s not fit for publication. The players agree, nothing else is working, why not? With a cautionary reminder to the ball carrier to “be patient,” as Brennan leaves the field as the players head to the line of scrimmage and football immortality. On the snap, QB Cefalo and the entire offensive unit runs right, bringing most of the Bulldog D along. Then suddenly left guard Javier Galindo bolted to the left.
Running with the stride of a seasoned halfback, #77 outlegs the Bulldog secondary to the pylon. The play – dubbed by alum Andy Brunelle ’78 “The Immaculate Deception” — is followed by an extra point, a successful onside kick, and the drive to the end zone for the winning touchdown. The Knights escape the foggy shore of Lake Pend Oreille with yet another win over Sandpoint (4-0 all time).And, thanks to alum Jeff Brunelle ’04 you can watch The Immaculate Deception right now at http://vimeo.com/7253177
10,000 and Rising
In 2005, Andrew Carnosso took a handoff late in the 4th quarter against Mountain Home and ran 53 yards for a TD, scoring the 10,000th point in school history. BK won 70-0.
Designed by Busch
It was in the early to mid-1970s that Barney Brunelle (pater famillias) was gradually making the separation of his efforts to aid and abet activities at Sacred Heart Element School to those of Bishop Kelly High School. With the five Brunelle siblings entering or about to enter BK this made some sense. Also, about this same time, Father James R. (R is for Reggie) Wilson was elevated to the position of Principal at BK. Reggie and Barney were about the same age and both were products of Father Raymond Peplinski’s wise counsel. Father Pep, the founder of Bishop Kelly High School back in 1964, was its first principal. Father Wilson was a member of BK’s original faculty having migrated from Ireland by way of Australia. It was twenty years before this, in 1944 that Fr. Pep was Barney’s teacher and coach at a Catholic high school in Wallace, Idaho. Ten years later Father Pep officiated at the marriage of Bev and Barney. So now the time had come for Reggie to run the school and Barney to run the BK Booster Club.
The first order of business, requested by Fr. Wilson, was to equip the athletic field with a place to sell concessions and to provide restrooms. Being the son of the old sod Reggie was looking forward to a hot baked potato with butter, sour cream, bacon and chives on a cold Friday night. Having assembled a “construction crew” at Sacred Heart and now adding helping hands from the other parishes, this project should not be too difficult. Bob Donovan, a contractor by trade, was put in change so all Brunelle and his cohorts had to do was to follow orders. The first order was Bob’s request for building materials written on the back of a brown envelope. This Barney took to Larry Mills, a Kelly booster of renown and one of the top guys at Boise Cascade Corp. A day or so later the building stuff was on site. So it was time to get the forms set and shoot grade for the building pads. Donovan set up the transit (level) and took care of this chore for the concession stand, then following the normal procedure, popped open a couple of Buds and asked Barney to shoot grade for the restrooms. No problem – except on Barney’s first swig he just may have nicked the transit! Oh well, a few sips and seconds later the (un)level stakes were driven, and the next day the concrete pads were poured. Within a few days the buildings were built and equipment installed include an electric range to keep those potatoes hot. We were ready for some football!
Visiting the site a couple of weeks later Reggie informed Brunelle that the buildings were great but there had been a problem. It seems someone had purposely plugged up one of the toilets in the men’s restroom, so lot of water had flooded the place. “Fortunately,” Reggie said, “the floor tipped to the east so the water flowed quickly under the door and out of the restroom, so there was not too much damage.”
“That,” Barney said, remembering that he had nicked the transit, “was by design.” Designed by Busch….Anheuser Bush.
“…through the Goalposts of Life…”
It was late in the 1980 season, and the Knights were laying the wood to Payette. The BK season record was an overall disappointment that year, but one memorable play on this October evening delighted the hometown crowd and deserves mention. Following a 3rd quarter BK touchdown, the team lined up in a shotgun formation and Chris Compton took the snap from center. What he did next had never been done before — and has never been done since — in a BK game. Compton dropkicked the ball through the uprights for a one-point conversion. A drop kick, just like Groucho Marx in “Horsefeathers.” BK won 38-2.
Hammond Runs Wild in Weiser
The longest touchdown run in BK football history is officially 99 yards, a record set on October 20, 1978 in Weiser. The Knights had the ball, 2nd down and 11 on its own one-yard line, and ran an option to the right. Doug Hammond took the pitch about five yards behind the goal line and ran halfway across Washington County and into the end zone. Hammond had nearly 300 yards rushing in the 41-8 win.
“Wrong Way Ben” Saves the Day
In the 1966 game at Weiser, BK led 26-21 late in the game, but faced a real dilemma. The Knights had the ball, 4th and long on their own 25 with less than 2:00 remaining. The team’s punter was injured, and the Wolverines had even blocked a punt earlier in the game. So Coach Chuck Forrestal instructed QB Ben Ysursa to line up in punt formation, take the snap, and run 25 yards in the wrong direction into the Knights own end zone to burn clock. “When you get to the end zone run around and make them tackle you,” said Forrestal. “And whatever you do, don’t step back out onto the field.”
Back in the huddle, Ben had to skip the explanation: “Just snap me the ball and block!” And it worked. The surprise “intentional wrong way run” burned plenty of time before the Wolves dog-piled on Ben in the end zone for a two-point safety. BK had a free kick from the 20-yard line with little time remaining. Final score: 26-23. Postscript: Two weeks later Baltimore Colts coach Don Shula is lauded by analysts for using the same play in an NFL game.
Run Ruben Run
Ruben Asumendi ran for 344 yards on 43 carries in a game against Vallivue in 1997. It was the highest single game individual rushing total in school history. The linemen who cleared the way for Ruben: Charlie Brioschi, Tank Janquart, Jim Sharp, Jared Camman, Ryan Zimmerman, Darren Woods, and Heath Gamboa. BK averaged 284 yards rushing per game that season!
The Longest Yard
One of the most exciting finishes happened in the 1984 playoffs when BK hosted long-time rival Vallivue. The Falcons won the SRV that season, beating BK 22-12, and went on to win their 1st-round playoff game at home.
Meanwhile, BK garnered a road win at Post Falls. Due to the old IHSAA rule of “no two road trips in a row,” the second place Knights got to host this game. Sleet and cold wrapped BK field and at the end of regulation it was knotted 6-6. In overtime BK got the ball first and scored to go up 13-6.
Vallivue, led by star running back (and future Vallivue coach) Nate Borchert, gained 9 yards in its first three plays. On 4th down, with the ball on the one-yard-line, the Falcons again gave it to Nate – and so did BK’s free safety Terry Heffner. He was there to make the tackle at the goal line, and the victory put the Knights in the state championship game for the first time since 1978.
Long Roadie for 1990 Crew
In 1990 a three-way tie for second place in conference was settled on the field in a Monday afternoon playoff. The Knights defeated Kuna 6-0 and earned the right to advance, putting BK into the post season for the first time in 6 years. The reward was the longest road trip in program history, a game at Bonners Ferry. The Knights lost, 13-0.
“What Kind of Penalty Is That?!!!”
One of Father Wilson’s favorite stories: As the 3rd quarter was winding down in a hotly contested game at BK, the boosters occupying the center area of the bleachers (read: parents) were fully focused on the referees.
Consecutive penalties had been marked off against the Knights, and the folks were a little fired up. And many were taken aback when the referee, once again, stopped the game and picked up the ball and began marching down the field, not stopping after 5 yards, or even 15 yards. The ref just kept on walking and walking, prompting one BK fan to stand up and scream, “What kind of penalty is that?!?!
Turns out it was the end of the quarter. The ref was taking the ball to the other end of the field.
Alex Scores for Both Teams in 6-5 Win
One strange final score was the Vallivue game in 1987, when BK won 6-5.
Interestingly, the BK player who scored the game’s only touchdown was also responsible for 2 of Vallivue’s points. That’s right, this guy ran one in for the Knights, but later got caught in his own end zone for a safety. This same person now remains strictly on the BK sideline rather than treading in end zones. His name: Alex Homaecheverria, a team physician for the Knights.
That’s How I’m In the State I’m In
The Knights have battled foes from Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Washington over the years. Results are favorable: 273-110-2 vs. Idaho opponents; 2-1 vs. Washington schools; 24-10 against Oregon teams; 5-0 against Utah; and 4-2 verses Nevada. Some of the Oregon, Utah, and Nevada wins were away games, but, sadly, the Knights are 0-1 on Washington soil.
Billy Petersen Flashes BK Colors on the Big Screen
So how did the jersey worn by Mike Mitchell (’72) end up on the big screen in “To Live and Die in LA.?” And “Manhunter?” And “Amazing Grace and Chuck?” Well, in keeping with locker room code, no one is saying how former BK running back William “Billy” Petersen (’72) ended up with the jersey. There are theories on how the #52 jersey found its way into the wardrobe of this famous BK alum, but none have been confirmed by Steve Artis (’72). Is a Crime Scene Investigation is in order?
Tracy & Hawkins 93-Yarder; Other Tracy & Hawkins 94-Yarder
Among the stats from the incomparable Cody Hawkins: the two longest TD passes in school history. One was 93 yards to Stew Tracy, set in August of 2004 at Judge Memorial. Of course, the older Tracy brother, Steve, had to outdo little bro. He and Cody hooked up on a 94-yarder against Caldwell that October.
DaumTown: The Millionaire Liked the Grit and Pluck of Those Kelly Boys
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A millionaire from out of town wonders into a high school game. He sees the smaller team with fewer players — playing on pure emotion and true grit – knock down and nearly knock out the giants. In fact DB Kelly Baird’s touchdown has BK up 7-0 in the 4th. But they lose the game, and he sees them leave the field, cursing any mention of a “moral victory.” He likes the pluck of that overachieving group. He gives millions of dollars to that school.
True story. Name was Harry Daum, a real estate developer who happened by the BK vs. Boise game at Bronco Stadium in October of ’70.
Divine Moment: With 3:47 it’s 3rd & 47
It’s one of those plays that will be forever remembered, and for good reason. It was pivotal, it was unexpected, it was clutch, it had a certain black-and-gold magic to it, and it came on the biggest stage during the biggest moment of the biggest game at the apex of the most dominant and celebrated streak of gridiron success in the storied history of BK football.
With 3:47 remaining in the 2005 state championship game, BK faced a 3rd and 47 at its own 17-yard line. The Knights led by 2, but big mo had swung Poky’s way following their TD and a peculiar pass interference call. The din in the dome was deafening as Brennan considered his options. Would he give his star QB a chance to throw for a 48-yard first down? Or would it be a simple run and prepare to punt and play some defense? Or something else?
The result is online at BK vs. Poky \”3rd & 47\”
The Night the Lights Went Out Kuna
Since when does a 48-minute game take nearly 24 hours to complete? On September 25, 1998 the Knights traveled to Kuna. After 22 minutes of play the game was knotted at 7-7, but with momentum on the side of the Knights.
Then the lights went out. An early half time was called while repairs were attempted, but after an hour it was clear the stadium lights were beyond repair. The teams agreed to meet the next afternoon to finish the game.
Unfortunately the long intermission worked in Kuna’s favor, with the Kavemen overcoming the lack of electricity for a 14-7 win.
Would Gandhi Take a Knee?
What’s a defensive back to do? You’re up 67-14 late in the 4th quarter, but Vallivue is about to score. Then you intercept a pass 4 yards deep your own end zone and you have to decide: Do you genuflect humanely and take it at the 20? Or do you play football and run it out and see how far you get?
Kyle Wuestenfeld ran it out and got pretty far. His remarkable 104-yard interception return helped the Knights cover the spread in a 74-14 win.
First OT Game is a Win
On September 14, 1979, BK had its first overtime game. The tense situation arose in Vale, Oregon, when the game ended tied 14-14. After holding Vale scoreless, senior kicker Mike Pape calmly booted a 27-yard field goal.
Knights win 17-14, the first and only “walk off field goal” in school history.
Walk Off TD
Scoring on the game’s final play to get the win is rare. The Knights did get a “walk off touchdown” in 1996 against Kuna. Trailing 15-11 with :04 to go in regulation, BK had the ball on the Kavemen 18. The snap, then the final horn, and then the throw from Tim Speck to Chris Horras. Touchdown, game over, no extra point, BK wins 17-15.
Not Nice Knights
The 1967 Knights had a number of familiar family names on the roster: Bruce, Zamzow, Baumann, Even, Bixby, Brilz, Sestero, Lee. But they weren’t the most hospitable group, recording seven straight shutouts to begin their nine-game season. That led to lots of punts by the opponents, and lots of punt returns by the two-deep combo John Urlezaga and Jerry Goicoechea. “Hmmm, how else can we score?” wondered forward-thinking Coach Forrestal. So he introduced punt return strategies — particularly the “picket fence” scheme — to take advantage of Goicoechea’s breakaway speed. The 8-1 Knights averaged 37.2 points per game, amassing 8 special team TD returns. The nasty defense gave up 2.2 points per game that season!
Erik the Great: Helgie is Most Honored Collegiate Player
The 1985 team was loaded with talent and included Erik Helgeson. He went on to play at Boise State from 1987-1990 and racked up a few honors for his outstanding play at defensive end. Among the awards: named to the 1990 All-America team by the Walter Camp Foundation, Associated Press, Kodak, The Sports Network, and Football Gazette; three-time All Big Sky (1988-89-90); elected to the Bronco Hall of Fame in 1999. He still holds the BSU record for career sacks with 54.5.
Wilkin First D-1 Player
Offensive Guard Dick Wilkin was the first BK Knight to be awarded a football scholarship at the NCAA Div. I level. Dick played for the Idaho Vandals for four seasons, 1975-78.
And then they went onto play in the NFL
Well, none of our guys have played in the NFL, but a few of our opponents have. Mountain Home RB Billy Campfield 1972; Mountain Home QB Brent Pease 1982; Nampa LB Rob Morris 1991; Moscow lineman Doug Resienberg 1982; and Snake River LB Spencer Toone 1999.
Hey, Get Back to Work!
It was a lackluster showing by the Knights, and the Knight faithful, that November night in 2002. For three quarters, anyway. BK trailed 27-7 late in the 3rd quarter, and some fans headed to the exits. Inside the school building, listening on the radio while completing his Friday night tasks, was Richard, the janitor. Frustrated by the score — and even more so by the fact that he saw fans giving up on the team – Richard left his assigned work area and headed outside. And if you were there you remember the red-faced towel-waving middle-age man running on the track in front of the bleachers, imploring the fans to wake up — screaming at parents and players alike to believe in the chance for a comeback. And then it happened: the team catches fire with a ferocious ground attack, running in 4 TDs in final 13 minutes. Matt Whipps wraps it with an interception return, Knights win 35-27 and Richard leads the celebration. He is fired on Monday for leaving his post. He could care less. He hasn’t missed a BK home game since.
First & 55!
Fr Wilson was known to depart from his lesson plan in religion class to tell his students stories of BK Football. One of his favorites was the season opener in 1968. The Knights traveled to the high desert of central Oregon to face the Bend Bears. “After a couple weeks of two a days in the 90s, we were unprepared for the 100 degree heat of an afternoon game,” recalls fullback Doug Zamzow. The Knights found themselves down 0-6, and Zamzow remembers “clearly getting homered by the referees.” After battling to even the score as the game waned BK took possession in Bear territory. Then for three plays in a row the referees called personal foul penalties on the Knights and suddenly they found themselves facing a first and 55 yards. But BK rose to the occasion, and did it without going to the air. A power sweep to Zamzow ate up ground, followed by a draw play to Dave Dean and much real estate was regained. Then on third and still long outstanding Quarterback Paul Sestero took it student body right and stepped out of bounds one yard past the chains. The Knights went on to score and win the game 12-6 and setting up a nine game winning streak.
Look through the history of 420 games and an oddity or two will stand out.
Veterans Day 1966 the Knights hosted Meridian High School with a share of the SRV conference title on the line. The Knights scored first and took a 7-0 lead into the 2nd quarter, but QB Ben Ysursa had to sit out the remainder of the game with an injury. Meridian’s offense was afoot, ahead 21-7 at half and ultimately drubbed the Knights, 55-7.
Fast-forward 25 years to September 20, 1991, Nampa at BK. Knights QB Andy Speck hit Gus Rios on a 43-yard TD pass and the Knights lead 7-0. But Speck got injured and left the game. Backup QB Brett Bibeau entered, but he in turn was injured – all this in the first five minutes of the game.
Cornerback Andy Green took over, but the Knights were at a decided disadvantage to a Bulldog squad that included future NFLer Rob Morris at fullback and linebacker. Not only unable to generate scores, the Knights gave up a touchdown on a blocked punt as well as two touchdowns each on interceptions and fumble returns. As a result the Knights end up on the losing to the Bulldogs. The score was 55-7.
Sandpoint Syndrome III
The Sandpoint – BK rivalry is an amazing phenomenon: three games, all state playoffs, all down to the wire. In November 2001 Sandpoint travels to Boise and at end of regulation the shoot out is a 42-42 tie. Overtime Knight trickery manifests with a pass back to QB Colt Brooks who waltzes into the end zone. Preston Carter’s PAT makes it 49-42. Sandpoint responds with a two play scoring drive and then the crowd is surprised they don’t go for two but instead line up to kick the PAT, which is missed, and BK wins 49-48.
Four years later at Barlow Memorial Stadium on the icy shores of Lake Pend Oreille the underdogs are inspired by a large home town crowd and break a 14-14 tie with a 4th quarter touchdown. But the kick is blocked by Ryan Kettner and the 20-14 lead is not enough to stop some last minute heroics with a Cody Hawkins to Stew Tracy TD pass. Clutch Kicker Matt Thomas seals the deal with the PAT for a 21-20 final.
And then Nov. 3, 2006, at Sandpoint, and the Immaculate Deception to draw close, the onside kick, and a grinding ROTA drive followed by Kyle Cefalo’s 4th down QB sneak in the final moments for an unforgettable 28-24 win.
Joey Harrington’s Baldwin Played at BK
NFL Quarterback Joey Harrington may have played at Central Catholic during the 1990s, but his 1911 Baldwin vertical piano was played at Bishop Kelly in the 1960s. This article is reprinted from a news release issued in 2004 by the Baldwin company. Wednesday June 30th, 2004 Joey Harrington Brings New Life to Great-grandmother’s Baldwin
Who says athletes aren’t rock stars? Joey Harrington, quarterback for the Detroit Lions, rocked out on the keyboards last night with musical stars Third Eye Blind and the Pat McGee band in Joey’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. The show, held in Pioneer Courthouse Square, benefited the Shriners Hospital in Portland and the Harrington Family Foundation, which promotes the education, safety and welfare of children for local and national non-profit organizations.
Joey plays the piano by ear and feel, very different from how he plays football. “Music and theater are very important to me,” he said recently in an interview with The Detroit Free Press. “I have to have music in my life in some capacity. This is the balancing side of my life.” Joey has also performed the national anthem in Rose Garden for a Portland Trail Blazers game and with John Popper of Blues Traveler.
In 1977, two-year-old Joey, son of John and Valerie Harrington, climbed atop the wooden piano bench of his family’s 1911 Baldwin vertical piano, and with a football at his feet he plunked out his very first notes. The piano, a family heirloom, has been passed down from his maternal great-grandmother Katie McNamara who once worked as an accompanist for silent films in a packed movie house in downtown Boise, Idaho. Katie passed the piano down to her daughter, Madeline, who temporarily loaned it to Bishop Kelly High School before passing it along to her son, John Harrington. More information is available at www.joeyharrington13.com)
Did you pound on the keys of Joey’s piano at BK back in the 1960s?
Whenever the BK Knights and the Buhl Indians have played it has never been close: one team puts up 32 to 36 points and wins by a least three touchdowns. BK won in 1965 33-7 but the Indians returned the favor in 1966 with a 32-13 victory. Ten years later the teams met in a mythical championship at BK where the Indians dominated 36-6. The next year the 1977 10-0 regular season Knights traveled to Buhl to take care of unfinished business but the Indians triumph 36-13. Then in 1978 in the first IHSAA sanctioned state championship at Bronco Stadium, BK and Buhl met on the (then green) artificial turf with Buhl winning 32-6. The series went dormant until 1994 when in the season opener the eventual A-2 champion Knights throttled the Indians 34-6. The scoring symmetry found in this series may look interesting, but it means little to those still haunted by those losses in the 1970s.
What About That “Tongia” Chant?
In 1976, the Balbas brothers (Rick and Dave) arrived at BK from Damien Memorial School in Honolulu. Upon arrival they introduced their new teammates to a Samoan war chant titled “Tongia.” At Damien, a Samoan student led the entire home cheering section in the chant at each game.
Loosely translated, the words encourage the team to “go forth” in the battle with “spirit and courage” and to have “faith.” BK teams have invoked the chant in post game celebrations for 30 years, butchering the words badly, but keeping the spirit alive.
Hold That Tiger
BK battled the Jerome Tigers in “Southern Idaho bragging rights” playoff games in 1971 and 1972. BK lost the first one 14-6 on a rainy November night at BK. That was the night LB Mike Brunelle tackled a Tiger runningback and drove him way off the field, the two of them tumbling onto the sloppy, muddy track in front of the BK student section. In his haste to stand up Brunelle inadvertently placed two hands on the back of the helmet of his opponent, pushing his face into the mud. This drew a huge cheer from the BK students, but no penalty flag. “Hey, it was slippery,” he says. “I would never do something like that on purpose.” The ’72 game was an upset win for the Knights at Jerome, 32-8, featuring a 3-TD performance by Dan “Lefty” Spears. QB Mark Luchte and FB John Post led the team to a 9-2 record and #1 ranking in the AP poll.
It was pretty easy to find George Gamber on a Friday night. The veteran assistant coach was on the sideline at every BK football game from 1989 through 2008, working alongside the head coaches Ray Wilmot, Tim Brennan, and Jack Parker. That was 224 consecutive games, most of them wins of course.
’94 Champs Bust Weiser Lock. Two Times.
The 1994 team brought BK its first official football State Championship, and pretty much smoked everyone in the process. The biggest challenge was Weiser, which had beaten BK eight straight years (many with Brennan as the Wolverine assistant!). The BK boys whipped the Wolverines 24-6 that season, and beat them again in the playoff, 20-7. This awesome group was first to set the black-and-gold standard at 12-0.
Yes, it really was 95-0
In October 1969, BK traveled to Payette and set a single game scoring record likely never to be exceeded. The 95-0 deluge was so absurdly high that the Idaho Statesman write-up drolly said, “the Knights started slow” with only 27 points in the first quarter. The floodgates opened in the 2nd quarter as BK produced a prodigious 55 points to take an 82-0 lead into the locker room. That was it for the starters. The final 13 points came in the 3rd quarter and after that referees called back two or three touchdowns scored by the sophomores. Kicker Barry Zamzow was 11 for 14 in PATs and kicked off 15 times. (He still walks with a limp.) Why did it get so out of hand? Several touchdowns came on punt returns and interceptions and the starters were kept in the game the entire first half. Payette threw on most downs, which stopped the clock after incomplete passes.
The 13 Greatest Finishes of the Brennan Era
Coaches Tim Brennan and Jack Parker picked 13 of the “Greatest Finishes” during their time together on the BK staff. Remember, this covers the “Brennan Era” of 1992 to present, so other cool and dramatic wins (like the 1978 rally at Vallivue) aren’t mentioned here. In no particular order:
1. BK 20 Weiser 7 in the 1994 Semi-finals. Weiser comes close to tying it up in the 3rd quarter with a well executed pass play, but Tim Heffner strips the talented receiver at the goal line. BK puts it away on TD run by Joel Durham in 4th. (These Knights go 12-0 and win the school’s first official State Championship)
2. BK 17 Kuna 15, October 18, 1996. A thriller two minute drill where the Knights start on their own 18 and score on the last play of a game on a pass from Tim Speck to Chris Horras.
3. BK 14 Kuna 7, in overtime September 24, 1999. Standout wideout Joe Bleymeier subs for dinged QB, but still catches game winner on throwback from RB Pat Mallory.
4. BK 21 Lakeland 14 in 1999 State Semi-finals. Comeback win, Eliopolus to Bleymeier on the fade.
5. BK 35 Lake City 28 2000 State Quarterfinals. Heroes abound on golden night of playmaking to win shocker.
6. BK 23 Emmett 20, October 19, 2001. Preston Carter kicks game winning field goal with :06 remaining, then helps tackle the kick returner who nearly broke it.
7. BK 31 Kuna 28, October 26, 2001 QB Colt Brooks leads final drive. Tommy Steiner and Chris Fife catches are clutch.
8. BK 49 Sandpoint 48, November 2, 2001, Heavyweight fight goes OT, Bulldogs blink.
9. BK 35 Timberline 27, November 1, 2002 Knights trail late in 3rd, but ‘counter trey’ led by Tad Miller leads to 4 running TDs in final 12 minutes. Ultimate ROTA.
10. BK 27 Borah 19, September 9, 2004 Late game gadget pass from Max Davis to Tommy Bleymeier is key play. Ryan Brennan seals it with recovery on ensuing kickoff.
11. BK 21 Sandpoint 20, November 11, 2005 Cody to Stew is The Big Play on Pend Oreille.
12. BK 31 Pocatello 29, November 18, 2005 State Championship won in the Mini-Dome is 24th straight win and marks back-to-back titles. Definitive Moment: 3rd and 47.
13. BK 28 Sandpoint 24, November 3, 2006 Stifled all game by the Bulldog defense, Knights come alive and score twice in the last 6:30 to win. Signature play is “The Immaculate Deception” with offensive guard Javier Galindo outrunning the Sandpoint secondary, followed by an onside kick recovery by frosh Nick Buich, and a 4th and goal QB sneak by Kyle Cefalo.
Memorable Moments in BK Football
This is arbitrary collection of “Memorable Moments in BK Football History” compiled by the contributors of this site. If you have a suggestion to add to this please contact: editor@BKfootball.com.
September 4, 1964 – The first game in school history is a 34-0 victory over Homedale.
September 5, 1969 – “Undefeated” — BK beats Meridian 19-8, the first and only win over Meridian and first step to a 9-0 regular season.
October 9, 1970 – “The Boise Game” — In its first-ever battle with a Boise School District team, tiny BK (enrollment 277) plays the state’s top-ranked big school Boise High at Bronco Stadium and holds a shocking 7-0 lead entering the 4th quarter. The come-from behind win for Boise was the last time a Boise School District team has defeated Bishop Kelly in football (Knights are now 9-1 vs. BSD).
October 6, 1972 – A come from behind win over 1971 SRV champs Nyssa, 27-21, sets stage for BK SRV championship. Knights then defeat Jerome, 32-8, for mythical A-2 Southern Idaho crown.
September 24, 1976 – A 28-0 win over Vallivue paves way to first SRV crown in four years. Team achieves the fourth 9-win season in school history.
November 4, 1977 – “Ten And Oh, Need I say more?” — BK Knights secure the school’s first-ever perfect 10-0 regular season with win over Payette, 29-12.
November 18, 1978 – “The Snow Bowl” — In its first-ever official IHSAA sanctioned playoff game, Bishop Kelly wins at Wallace, 30-21. Game is played in six inches of fresh snow. It is the 10th win of the season for BK, marking the first back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history.
October 31, 1981 – BK returns to playoffs for first time in three seasons and defeats heavily-favored Lakeland, 27-0, at BK.
November 10, 1984 – A goal line stand in overtime is key to win over Vallivue, 13-6, in state semi-final.
October 13, 1989 – A special ceremony is held at the stadium to dedicate “Nick Ysursa Field” and retire #11 in honor of the former Bishop Kelly student athlete.
November 18, 1994 – “Twelve and Oh” — BK wins the state final over Snake River, 35-20, capping a perfect 12-0 season and the first official State Championship for the school and 3rd-year coach Tim Brennan.
November 13, 1999 – Knights come from behind to beat Lakeland 21-14 in state semi-final.
November 3, 2000 – The Knights successfully petition to “play up” in realigned 4A Southern Idaho Conference. In first round of state playoffs, BK rallies from behind to upset Lake City 35-28 in Coeur d’Alene.
August 31, 2001 – “Battle of the Ditch Bank” — BK beats Borah, 34-12. Knights win 10 straight games and grab first SIC title.
November 1, 2002 – “The Comeback” — Down 27-7 with :59 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Knights rally for four running TDs to defeat Timberline 35-27 and secure spot in state playoffs.
October 31, 2003 – Knights win 49-6 at Emmett, and miss undefeated regular season by one point playing one of toughest schedules in school history. The SIC Champs garner wins over 5As Lake City and Borah.
November 19, 2004 – “Perfect Season” –High flying Knights combine 2nd quarter goal line stand with offensive weaponry and roll to 40-8 victory in State Championship final against Pocatello at Bronco Stadium. Knights finish 12-0 and average a school record 45.1 points per game.
November 11, 2005 – At Sandpoint the BK Knights snag victory from the jaws of defeat with late touchdown and kick to win, 21-20. Win earns return to state championship game.
November 18, 2005 – “3rd & 47″ –BK defeats Pocatello 31-29 to win the State Championship in Pocatello, capping a perfect 12-0 season and running the winning streak to a record 24 straight. Team averages 50.6 points per game. Seniors complete undefeated careers at BK. “3rd and 47″ is forever etched in BK history.
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BK Knights Defeat BSU Broncos!
Okay, it’s a stretch, but here are articles from the Idaho Statesman about the first game ever played by Boise Junior College in 1933. BJC went on to be BSC, then BSU, then something crazy happened and they are among the best in the world. In this inaugural game they played against St. Joseph’s Academy, which later became St. Teresa’s Academy and then Bishop Kelly High.
Here is the lowdown from the Idaho Statesman, as republished in a book called An Idea Grows…a history of Boise College, by Eugene Chaffee (Syms-York, 1970). Thanks to Ron WIlper ’72 for bringing this to our attention.
(From The Idaho Statesman – Wednesday, October 11, 1933)
B.J.C. ELEVEN TO FACE SAINTS
With an inexperienced team built around five former Boise High School players, Boise Junior College will make its gridiron debut Thursday afternoon at Public School field against St. Joseph’s Academy.
The Saints, who last Friday played the Emmett Huskies to a scoreless tie, have shown great possibilities, while the strength of the B.J.C. squad is comparatively unknown. The college backfield will average but 125 pounds, the heaviest man, Martin, fullback, tipping the scales at 155.
Dusty Kline, B.J.C. coach, is building his team around Robertson, Rigney, Powers, Woodhead and Martin, letter men [sic] from former Boise High School teams. Kenneth Robertson, center, is probably the most versatile man on the squad. Woodhead, guard, and M. Powers and Rigney, tackle, are the heaviest men on the squad, weighing 192, 178 and 174. Other linesmen [sic] who are showing possibilities are Hale and Kahrer of [B]oise, Rudd, Rexburg, and Andrews, Parma.
Backfield material is scarce and as yet a ball carrier is to be found. Shawe of Idaho Falls has proven to be the most consistent at punting and passing, Martin, sturdy little fullback, is the best blocker on the team and is looking good on defense. Kloepfer and Sproat are two other men out for the backfield positions.
The game will start at 3:30 o’clock.
(From The Idaho Statesman –October 13, 1933)
SAINTS DEFEAT JUNIOR COLLEGE
A long pass, flung with a spiral and a prayer, was tossed Thursday [October 12] afternoon at Public School field by Nyedigger, St. Joseph’s parochial school halfback, into the waiting arms of Johnny Orbea, galloping end. Orbea raced 15 yards to a touchdown that defeated Boise Junior College, 6 to 0.
The score came in the first quarter of a bitter struggle waged as a holiday feature of Columbus day. With the execution of the break that meant points, the teams fought each other to a standstill, punting, passing, and plunging, savagely without denting tight defenses.
Score in First Five Minutes – It was the Saints’ ball on the 50- yard line with the game only five minutes underway. A buck was stopped dead at the line. Nyedigger faded back and heaved a sailer down the field. Junior college backs were caught short. Orbea and a mob of Saints tore for the goal line and dragged the pass down.
Just before the end of the half, the college bore within the 10-yard stripe and failed on a touchdown pass when Shaw stepped out of bounds on the yard line and the ball dribbled off his fingers.
College Efforts Turned Back – Again in the third quarter a college drive was snubbed within the 10-yard zone. Kloepfer, Martin, and Shaw bore the brunt of tackle and end plays. A punting duel in which the college had a slight edge was the entire story of the last quarter.
The college, playing its first game under the coaching of M. “Dusty” Kline, used the Boise High School style. A heavy St. Joseph’s line gave no quarter, forcing a more open game.
Eugene Chaffee later wrote: At the end of the game, BJC President Barnwell congratulated the Broncos on their spirit in spite of defeat and hoped that with the support of the newly organized Pep Band directed by Jun Yamamoto, they would do better in the future.
BK FOOTBALL RELICS, RARITIES & MONUMENTS
Though not of the “sacred” variety, there are many objects, rarities, and monuments comprising a collection of BK football relics. The collection is constantly expanding, so check back often. And if you have a suggestion or special relic to offer please let us know.
The Cornerstone The school was founded in 1964 under the leadership of Rev. Raymond Peplinski (far left) and Bishop Sylvester Treinen (at mic). The cornerstone is built into the exterior wall of the school chapel near the front entrance of the school.
Can you help us identify the others in this photo? If you recognize the other Priest or know that young man with the Holy Water Bucket and Aspergillum please let us know by sending a note to: Publisher@bkfootball.com
Retired Jerseys Three jersey numbers have been retired from active use in the BK football program to honor three special BK Knights. More details will be added soon with information on each person who wore these jerseys, which are displayed in the front entrance at the Carley Center on the campus of BK High. The three men honored in this fashion were outstanding individuals whose lives were lost at a young age. Nick Ysursa (#11); Steve Bixby (#22) and Iker Goitiandia (#24) are former Knights forever in the hearts of the BK football community.
ORIGINAL GOAL POSTS Talk about an authentic relic! When the new goal posts were installed at BK in the early 2000′s, the old steel poles were hauled away to the recycler. Well, a couple of alums caught wind of that and said “Not so fast my friend.” As a result of this scavenging, you can purchase a real-life custom-cut ring (1″ standard size) from the original BK Goal Posts for your own use. Let me know if you are interested, I have a cabinet full. email@example.com
Brennan Rock When Tim Brennan ended his coaching career at BK in 2006 a number of supporters arranged to honor him by erecting a stone monument. A likeness of the popular coach is etched into the stone along with details of Tim’s outstanding run of success as the leader of the Knight program. Brennan Rock is located near the entrance to Ysursa Field in the southwest corner.
Brennan led the program for 14 seasons (1992-2006) and compiled a record of 126 wins against 34 losses. His teams won three State Championships.
Honoring David Handley The Handley family played a large role in the BK community as athletes, coaching, and in the school’s front office. David Handley was a member of the Bishop Kelly Knight football squad and was an outstanding player and teammate. He graduated in 1987; his younger sister Kristi followed in his footsteps a few years later. David passed away from natural causes in 2005, at the age of 36. His memory is honored with a special tree and monument on the grounds at the school, located near the lacrosse field adjacent the football field and Carley Center.
In 1982 the Knights posted a regular season record of 5-4, just barely good enough to slip into the post-season playoffs. Coach O’Hara’s squad traveled to Moscow on Nov. 5 to face a strong Post Falls team, and lost 20-6. One of the standouts for Post Falls was a kid named Joe Tofflemire, who played both ways and kicked two field goals and two extra points, including a 44 yarder that was reportedly a state high school record in Idaho at the time. Tofflemire went on to play college ball at Arizona was three time all-conference center and one of the most decorated Wildcats in school history. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1989 and played six seasons in the NFL.