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.

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World

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