The Road to Paradise Travels Through Reitz

How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World



How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football World


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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