Then of course there was the Barr-Reeve-North Daviess sectional basketball games of 2006, 2009 and 2010. If those games were not full blown rivalries before then, they are now. In fact, I have seen the Zupruder film watched with less scrutiny than the final seconds of some of those games.
There is one Washington-Washington Catholic baseball game that also makes the list and that was when current Hatchet baseball coach Steve Reed was still coaching the Cardinals. It was at the Hatchet Classic on a perfect May afternoon. Washington picked up the win, either 1-0 or 2-1, but I was truly a game for baseball fans.
The Hatchets have had some great games with Barr-Reeve over the last 15 years, but the double OT victory in 2009-2010, might have been the best of all. I think what made that especially significant was that both teams got to watch each other play in the state finals later that season. Full house, crazy fans, what a way to start off the year.
Although Lincoln is not a county rival, I believe the basketball win over Vincennes in February 2005 was the most important during the the whole championship run. Washington had not beaten Vincennes since 1999 and I feel like that game created enough momentum and confidence to dismantle Lincoln in sectional that year and start a run that ended in four state titles.
There have been several other great ones, some I was at, some I wasn’t. Barr-Reeve and Vincennes Rivet in girls basketball, the Lions and Vikes in volleyball and some great Class A softball sectional finals as well.
But it is time to back to football.
For North Daviess, those games with Linton in 2008 and 2009 were some of the best and most hearbreaking played between high school football teams - anywhere. Class A football played like 5A football with nothing left on the field.