Sep 28

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Memorial

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World

 

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 7

Castle       33

Memorial    6

Oct. 8 — Enlow Field

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — At 6-0, Castle expected a tough match up against its next opponent as the Knights traveled to Enlow Field to take on the 5-1 Memorial Tigers.

Playoff scouts in attendance got much more than the Castle power running game that they were expecting when senior quarterback Mike Davis exploded for 277 yards passing on seven of 12 attempts.

The Tigers stunned the capacity crowd of 7,000 by scoring first, thanks to a 63-yard run by Memorial running back Mark Wooten that set up quarterback Bob Scheitlin’s four-yard run moments later.

For the first time in the 1982 football season, the Knights would find themselves behind on the scoreboard. Down 6-0, Coach John Lidy sent in a play the team had been perfecting in practice all season — 600 Fleaflicker. Davis hit junior receiver Deon Chester who instantaneously flicked the ball to the trailing running back, senior David Brosmer who raced untouched on his way to a 69-yard touchdown.

Up 7-6, it would soon be all Castle. After the break, senior fullback Neil Chapman caught a pass from Davis and waltzed into the end zone untouched for a 32-yard touchdown. Five minutes later, Davis would hit junior receiver Joe Huff on an 88-yard touchdown strike (the longest in Castle history at the time) for a 19-6 lead.

In the fourth quarter, David Brosmer reversed field and scored from the 17 and senior running back Joe Dillman scored from the 14 to finish the scoring in the 33-6 drubbing of one of Evansville’s best teams.

David Brosmer rushed for 106 yards (an eight-yard per rush average) and Dillman added 78 yards on 11 carries.

Memorial Coach Ralph Weinzapfel told reporters after the game exactly what was on every coach’s mind as they prepared for the Knights.

“They’re good in most aspects of the game,” he said. “It’s going to take a good team to beat them.”

Next up on The Road to Paradise — the Terre Haute North Patriots.

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Sep 26

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Terre Haute South

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 6

Castle       35

TH South    0

Oct. 1 — South Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Leaving no room for suspense, the Castle Knights exacted a lightening revenge on Terre Haute South, in avenging the second of their three losses from the season before.

Thanks to a balanced offense and a ferocious defense that forced six punts — two of which were blocked — the Knights took it to the Braves from the get go.

Castle would score on its very first possession, driving 80 yards for the score, a 34-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mike Davis to junior receiver Deon Chester on fourth and 14.

Three plays after junior Joe Huff blocked a South punt, David Brosmer fought his way across the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown run, giving the Knights a 14-0 lead.

Indiana high school football sportsOn Terre Haute South’s next possession, junior Chris Scales took his turn blocking a Braves punt, this time giving the Knights the ball at the Braves’ 30. After Davis hit Brosmer with a pass to the two-yard line, the quarterback took it in himself on the next play for a 21-0 lead at the end of the first half.

The Knights put the game away on their opening possession of the second half by marching 62 yards in eight plays before Brosmer rammed it over from the one-yard line for a 28-0 lead. In its next series, Castle moved the ball 80 yards in 11 plays with senior end Kenny Brown pulling in the six-yard touchdown pass from Davis for the final victory score of 35-0.

Davis passed for 177 yards, while David Brosmer ran for two touchdowns and 86 of the Knights’ 197 total rushing yards

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Sep 25

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Central

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 5

Castle       41

Central       0

Sept. 25 — Central Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Fresh off the varsity program’s first win ever at the Reitz Bowl, the now-six-ranked Knights would travel to Central Stadium to take on a resurgent Bears team that had surprisingly powered to a 3-1 record.

Twenty-one first quarter points would put the game away before most people were comfortably in their seats. Junior running back Chris Brosmer found pay dirt first for the Knights when he sliced off left guard behind a great block by senior tackle Steve Yeager halfway through the first quarter.

Chris Brosmer takes a knee Indiana high school football sportsTwo minutes later, the Knights went back to work after a Central punt with senior running back David Brosmer hauling in a pass from senior quarterback Mike Davis and, juking the defender out of his shoes at the 20-yard line, taking it in for a 60-yard touchdown.

With less than a minute left, the Knights surprised the Bears when senior end Kenny Brown flipped a 30-yard pass to David Brosmer off a reverse, giving the Knights a first down at the Central 13. Three plays later, Brosmer followed pulling guards Rodney Russell and Dan Thurman into the end zone for a 21-0 lead.

A leaping interception by senior Craig Day ended the next Central drive giving the Knights the ball at the Bears 27. After a four-yard loss on first down, David Brosmer took the hand off on a draw play and raced 31 yards for the score and a 28-0 halftime lead.

The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's football world. Two quick second half scores — a four-yard run by senior fullback Neil Chapman to cap a six-play, 56-yard drive, and a four-yard run by David Brosmer to cap a five-play, 47-yard drive that included a spectacular 38-yard dash by the senior running  back.

David Brosmer stole the show, wrapping up 114 yards on 10 rushes while brother Chris added 50 yards on nine carries.

Castle earned 19 first downs to Central’s five, out rushing the Bears 285 yards to 49 yards, and out passing them 175 yards to 50 yards.

The win would push the Knights’ record to 5-0 while Central would drop at 3-2 as it embarked upon a season-ending six-game losing streak.

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Sep 07

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Reitz

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 4

Castle 24

Reitz 7

Sept. 17 — Reitz Bowl

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — After three games, the Castle Knights had stormed to a 3-0 record by outscoring their opponents 109-7 with the lone points scored against them coming on a kickoff return. With the defense still having not yielded an offensive touchdown and averaging 380 yards in total offense while giving up only 41.3 yards per game, the Knights would face that ever-present bump in the road to their dreams: the Reitz Panthers, the bully on the block when it comes to Evansville-area football.

The Knights would change the future at the Reitz Bowl (where a Castle varsity team had never won before) by keeping to the present. The Knights would run up 20 first downs and 367 yards in total offense while limiting the Panthers to eight first downs and 139 yards in offense.

Senior running back David Brosmer scored two touchdowns — one-yard run and a 31-yard pass from senior quarterback Mike Davis, who added his own nine-yard touchdown run and 142 yards passing. Senior kicker Matt McDowell added a 29-yard field goal.Junior running back Chris Brosmer added 116 on 21 carries.

Reitz’s lone score came when quarterback Kirk Brunson hit receiver Robert Geiser on a 10-yard touchdown pass shortly before halftime.

“That’s a pretty good football team,” Reitz Coach Bob Ashworth told the Evansville Courier. “They’re the best we’ve played. They’re by far the most versatile offensively and defensively. Maybe the most impressive thing is they make no mistakes.”

The Knights had now outscored their opponents 133-14.

Next up on The Road to Paradise — the Evansville Central Bears.

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