Aug 31

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Harrison

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World

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 The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 3

Castle       29

Harrison    7

Sept. 10 — Castle Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Fresh off its 52-0 decimation of the Boonville Pioneers, the 1982 Castle Knights would welcome the Evansville Harrison Warriors to Paradise. The Warriors would accomplish something that neither Mater Dei or Boonville could — they would score on the Castle Knights.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Knights would strike first blood thanks to a double does of the Brosmer brothers. Chris Brosmer would gain 20 yards on a fake punt attempt, giving the Knights a first down at the Harrison 42-yard line. David Brosmer did the rest on the next play, bolting through a hole, veering left and sailing into the end zone untouched. Kicker Matt McDowell‘s extra point would give the Knights a 7-0 lead.It wouldn’t last long.

Indiana high school football sportsOn the ensuing kickoff, senior running back Lamont Williams ran it right up the gut of the Knights’ kickoff team and 88 yards later had tied the game. It may have been Harrison’s biggest mistake as the fired-up Knights promptly embarked on an eight-play, 71-yard drive to retake a 14-7 lead on a David Brosmer three-yard run.

Chris Brosmer would raise the Knights’ advantage to 22-7 half way through the third period thanks to a 54-yard run and a run around right end for a two-point conversion. Fullback Neil Chapman would finish the Knights’ scoring with a six-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Mike Davis, capping off a 59-yard drive early in the fourth quarter.

Overall, the Knights would thoroughly dominate the Warriors, posting 15 first downs to Harrison’s three and 364 total yards to the Warrirors’ 60 yards.

David Brosmer once again led the attack, gaining 112 yards (for an 8.6-yard average) and scoring twice. Chris Brosmer added 98 yards rushing (for a 12.2-yard average) and a touchdown. Davis added 108 passing yards.

The Knights had now outscored their three opponents 109-7.

“I hope we don’t play anyone much tougher,” Harrison Coach Mitch Marsh told the Evansville Courier.

Next up on The Road to Paradise: the Evansville Reitz Panthers.

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Aug 24

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Boonville

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 2

Castle       52

Boonville   0

Sept. 3 — Castle Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Fresh off its 28-0 domination of Evansville Mater Dei, the 1982 Castle Knights would welcome county rival Boonville to Paradise. The Pioneers also entered the game 1-0, following a 34-0 pummeling of the Washington Hatchets — a win that brought Boonville a ranking of 14th in its AA classification.

Indiana high school football sports The Knights punched it in twice in the first quarter (a nine-yard-run by senior running back David Brosmer and a 29-yard pass from senior quarterback Mike Davis to junior end Joe Huff) to take an early 14-0 lead.

A flurry of knockout punches would come in the second quarter. A repeat performance 11-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Huff would give the Knights a 21-0 lead early in the quarter. Two three-yard touchdown runs by junior running back Chris Brosmer would give the Knights a commanding 35-0 lead halfway through the quarter. A 25-yard interception return by senior linebacker Rodney Russell would give the Knights a 42-0 halftime lead.

Indiana high school football sports The Knights would add 10 more points in the third quarter thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by senior running back Joe DIllman and a 26-yard field goal by senior kicker Matt McDowell for a 52-0 lead.

The stat sheet was just as overwhelming as the scoreboard. While the Knights gained 23 first downs and 400 yards in total offense, Boonville gained four first downs and 35 yards in total offense. Davis threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while Boonville could only manage 31 yards in the air.

Indiana high school football sportsAnd yet while Castle gained 198 yards on the ground, its defense allowed twice the rushing yardage as it had against Mater Dei by giving up +4 yards to the Pioneers.

“Yeah, we really slacked off there,” Coach John Lidy chuckled.

After two games, the Knights had outscored their opponents 80-0.

Next up on The Road to Paradise: the Evansville Harrison Warriors.

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Aug 17

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Mater Dei

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 1

Castle       28

Mater Dei   0

Aug. 27, 1982 — Castle Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — With three losses to avenge from the season before, the 1982 Castle Knights would get a strong test right out of the gate by facing one of Evansville’s toughest teams — the Mater Dei Wildcats.

The Road to ParadiseWEHT-TV television cameras beamed the live action across southwest Indiana, a first for high school football in the area, as the Knights dominated 28-0.

Offensively, the Knights shined with 345 yards of total offense, including 230 rushing yards, led by senior running back David Brosmer (83 yards rushing, two touchdowns), junior running back Chris Brosmer (59 yards rushing, one touchdown) and senior running back Joe Dillman (43 yards rushing). Senior quarterback Mike Davis added 115 yards passing, including a five-yard touchdown pass to senior end Kenny “Downtown” Brown.

The Road to Paradise But it was on defense where the Knights shined the greatest. Led by senior linebackers Rodney Russell and Pat Lockyear, the Blue Crush defense swarmed the Mater Dei attack, limiting the Wildcats to 27 overall yards, a figure brought down by the Wildcats -4 yards rushing.

“It was a sweet win,” Coach John Lidy told the Evansville Courier. “That’s only one win, one game. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

The 1-0 Knights would face Warrick County rival Boonville in Week 2.

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PARADISE, Ind. — Aug. 13, 2012 — Thirty years ago, an unsung team from Castle High School shocked the Indiana high school football establishment by upsetting the seemingly invincible Hobart Brickies to win the 1982 Indiana AAA State Football Championship.

Just in time for the 2012 high school football season, The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana’s Football World, the inside-the-huddle story of that championship team, is scheduled for release Sept. 1 by Dog Ear Publishing. At 244 pages, The Road to Paradise offers a play-by-play adventure through that season as well as a Knights-eye view into southern Indiana football.

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After moving up in classification from AA in 1978, Castle High School would lose its first 19 games at the AAA level. At rock bottom, though, there’s nowhere to go but up and in 1981 the Knights would march to an 8-2 record and storm deep into the playoffs before being manhandled by the defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds 49-13.

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football WorldHad a fluke season just ended like it was supposed to — in annihilating defeat? Or was that promising season a harbinger of things to come? The answer would come in a perfect 14-0 season in 1982 by a football team that hailed from the disrespected and overlooked southwestern tip of the basketball-mad state.

“I set out to write a story about an incredible football team,” said Chicago-based author Thom Wilder, a 1983 Castle graduate. “What I got was an incredible story about life.”

At its core, The Road to Paradise is the story of the communities of Chandler and Newburgh, two towns from the opposite sides of the tracks forced together in a shot-gun marriage. It’s the story of how a diverse group of young men from all walks of life came together to accomplish something that could never be taken away — no matter what life might throw at them.

Filled with game replays, humorous and touching anecdotes, behind-the-scenes looks and rare photographs, The Road to Paradise is not so much a story about winning, but about refusing to lose — on the field and off. It’s the recipe for how champions are made.

 

The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football WorldA graduate of Indiana University and Loyola University Chicago Law School, Wilder grew up in Chandler, Indiana, beginning his journalism career at the age of 16 when he joined the staff of the Castle High School newspaper, The Lancer. He quickly becoming Sports Editor and Managing Editor, giving him a front row seat for the Castle Knights’ 1982 march on their “road to paradise.”

To arrange an interview or speaking engagement, contact Thom Wilder at thomwilder@yahoo.com.

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Linebacker Rodney Russell (left) and quarterback Mike Davis (right) lead the Castle Knights into a rocking pep assembly the day after the team’s 1982 state championship victory over the Hobart Brickies — Photo by KEVIN SWANK, Evansville Courier & Press.