Go Blue Devils!: A History of Plattsmouth High School Football, 1893–1979

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iUniverse, Nov 22, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 676 pages
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Plattsmouth, Nebraska lies at the confluence of the Platte and Missouri rivers. The people of Plattsmouth are proud of their small town’s rich history, of their strength and determination as a community. They also share something that larger towns cannot, something that for generations has helped unite them and shape their very lives. What they share is a community-wide excitement on fall Friday nights, the rush of a close game, the heartbreaking losses, the exhilaration of a big win – what they share is the Plattsmouth Blue Devils.

Go Blue Devils!: A History of Plattsmouth High School Football, 1893 –1979, by former Plattsmouth resident Jim Elworth, presents a one-of-a-kind account of a high school football team and the town that has rallied around it for more than one hundred years. Elworth’s comfortable and at times humorous prose brings us season after season of game-day excitement, rendered in detail from years of researching and writing.

But Go Blue Devils! is more than a story of game scores. It is a history of accomplished, hard working, down-to-earth townspeople. It is a history of the town itself, told through the exploits of local boys giving their all on the fields of sport. It is a story of those local boys inspiring their community and going on to live rich, positive and valuable lives.

 

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Contents

Coach Rotherts Final Teams
240
Chapter TwentyOne The Abrupt Departure of Coach Boggess and the Arrival of Bion Hoffman
254
Chapter TwentyTwo Strong Teams and the Birth of the Blue Devils
272
Chapter TwentyThree The War Years
295
Athletic Park Becomes Blue Devil Stadium
315
Chapter TwentyFive The Amazing Merle Dasher
346
The End of The Stewart Era
366
Multiple Conferences and a Coaching Carousel
388

The First Full Seasons
61
The High School Team is Abolished
73
The Amateurs Take Center Stage
87
Dominant Teams and the Dawn of War
104
Chapter Thirteen The War Cancels Local Football
118
The Return of High School Football
126
The Beginning of the Modern Era
147
Chapter Sixteen 19241927
165
A Couple of Tough Years
195
Chapter Eighteen Football and The Great Depression
212
FDR the Karnival and Winning Football
231
Chapter TwentyEight Coach Hale Brings StabilityAnd Victories
419
Chapter TwentyNine Max Linder and the Greatest Nebraska High School Football Game Ever Played
453
Chapter Thirty Coach Mitteis Rebuilds the Blue Devils
488
Chapter ThirtyOne Chuck Mizerskis Magical Season
533
Setting the Stage
548
Oh So Close
559
Epilogue
573
Acknowledgements
577
Endnotes
581
Index
621
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