The Road to Paradise Travels Through Boonville

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World


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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.

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football WorldComing to your bookshelf Sept. 1


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