Nov 02

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Martinsville

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Game 12

Castle           24

Martinsville  21

Nov. 6 — Artesian Field

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Traveling three-plus hours to face undefeated Martinsville in a second-round regional playoff game, the Castle Knights couldn’t help but think about the 35-7 thrashing they had given the Artesians the year before in Paradise. The Artesians couldn’t either.

After junior defensive back Deon Chester picked off Artesian quarterback Scott Bancroft on the game’s second play and returned the ball to the Martinsville four-yard line, the Knights quickly found themselves in the driver’s seat when junior running back Chris Brosmer slammed over the goal line moments later for a 7-0 lead.

The Artesians would respond with a 15-play, 86-yard drive with junior  running back Manny Abades scoring form five yards out to tie the score.

In the second quarter, the Artesians struck again with a 16-play, 99-yard drive highlighted by a spectacular catch by receiver John Samuelson, who climbed the back of defender David Brosmer for a vital 30-yard completion.

Trailing 14-7 shortly before halftime, the Knights would connect on a 37-yard field goal by senior kicker Matt McDowell to cut Martinsville’s lead to 14-10.

Recognizing Bancroft’s audible early in the third quarter, linebacker Rodney Russell picked off the Artesian quarterback’s pass and the Knights were 37 yards from the end zone. They would need only one play as senior quarterback Mike Davis connected with junior receiver Gary Gilles for a 37-yard touchdown strike that suddenly gave the Knights the lead and the momentum with a 17-14 lead.

The Artesians would strike back nearly as effectively, engaging on a 17-play, 76-yard drive culminating in a one-yard run by junior running back Dave Bolin to recapture the lead at 21-17.

The Knights would find themselves with less than three minutes left in the game and even fewer options until David Brosmer stuck his head in the huddle and called “600 Fleaflicker.”

Davis dropped back to pass faking a handoff to David Brosmer and hitting Chester on a curl route. As he was hit, Chester flipped the ball to Brosmer who was streaking by — all the way for the 50-yard touchdown and an improbably 24-21 lead.

The Artesians weren’t finished, driving to the Castle 20-yard line. After three passes failed to find the end zone, Bancroft took the snap with six seconds left and heaved the ball to the right corner of the end zone — where David Brosmer snagged the interception as time expired.

“It was a super game, but we gave them too much on defense,” Castle Coach John Lidy would say. “We never stopped them until we really had to.”

Next up on The Road to Paradise — the defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds.

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Oct 26

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Richmond

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Game 11

Castle       23

Richmond   7

Nov. 2 — Castle Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE –In the opening round of the 1982 Indiana High School Football AAA Playoffs, the Knights would march 80 yards in 10 plays on their opening possession to take a 6-0 lead on a nine-yard pitch out to senior running back David Brosmer.

The Red Devils fought right back, however, as quarterback Sean Welsh completed first-down passes of 13, 23 and 15 yards before sending tailback Bart Denning over left tackle  for a two-yard touchdown and a 7-6 lead.

A 24-yard field goal by senior kicker Matt McDowell gave the Knights the lead for good at 9-7. The Knights put Richmond away as senior quarterback Mike Davis hit junior receiver Deon Chester on a nine-yard pass, junior receiver Joe Huff on a 22-yard pass, and senior fullback Neil Chapman on an 11-yard strike before junior running back Chris Brosmer powered the ball over the goal line from the one for a 16-7 lead.

Richmond couldn’t move the ball in the second half thanks to a blistering Knights’ defense that sacked the Red Devil quarterback five times for 53 yards in losses.

The Knights erased any lingering doubts as to the game’s outcome with a double dose of the Brosmer brothers. After Chris scampered for 25 yards, brother David took it home from the three, resulting in the final score of 23-7.

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Oct 19

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Evansville North

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Game 10

Castle       27

North         7

Oct. 26 — Central Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE –Castle would clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs by beating an Evansville North team that refused to give up despite being hefty underdogs.

Even though North quarterback Brad Green kept the game closer than it should have been thanks to connecting on 7-13 passes for 73 yards, running for a 25-yard touchdown and intercepting two Castle passes, the Knights eventually overpowered the Huskies in the second half.

Castle opened the game by driving 63 yards in eight rushing plays before senior running back David Brosmer scored from eight yards out for a 7-0 lead. A North fumble would result in Castle having the ball only 16 yards from the end zone. Despite a strong North goal line stand, Brosmer rammed the ball into the end zone from a yard out six plays later for a 14-0 lead with only 18 seconds left before halftime.

Starting at the 30, North’s Green passed deep to receiver Brian Pfingston who made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch before pushed out at the Castle 25-yard line. On the next play, Green dropped to pass and was flushed left by the Castle rush. Scrambling across the line of scrimmage, Green cut right, against the grain, and ran untouched into the end zone.

Castle Coach John Lidy took the opportunity to tell his team it needed to be more aggressive in the second half. They were listening, scoring on their first two second-half possessions (three-yard runs by senior quarterback Mike Davis and by junior running back Chris Brosmer) before Lidy called in the reserves.

Overall, the Knights out gained the Huskies 344 to 129 in total yards, but even more importantly, they had secured a first-round home playoff game. The Indiana state AAA football playoffs were coming to Paradise.

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Oct 12

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Evansville Bosse

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

Game 9

Castle       34

Bosse         7

Oct. 1 — Castle Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Castle would storm to 9-0 record with a hard-earned victory over Evansville Bosse, which became the first team all season to score a second-half touchdown on the Knights.

After the teams traded initial possessions, Castle lit up the scoreboard on a two-play, 89-yard drive that took less than a minute, On first down, senior running back David Brosmer collected 14 yards off right tackle. On second down, senior quarterback Mike Davis went deep, finding junior receiver Deon Chester for a 75-yard bomb right down the center of the field.

The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football WorldA few possessions later, the Knights went back to work, giving the Bull Dogs a double dose of the Brosmer brothers. David picked up a first down on two carries for 14 yards. After Chris picked up six yards on a reverse, David picked up five yards and a first down himself. After a 12-yard pass from Davis gave the Knights yet another first down, David ran a draw for 11 yards before blasting through the offensive line for a 14-yard touchdown run and a 14-0.

Bosse would mount a brief comeback when sophomore quarterback Scott O’Brien found receiver Jeff Chestnut for a 28-yard touchdown pass, cutting Castle’s lead to 14-7.

That score was enough to rouse the slumbering Knights, who would score on three of their next four possessions — including a three-yard run by David Brosmer, a one-yard run by senior fullback Neil Chapman and a seven-yard run by Chris Brosmer — to put the 34-7 victory in the bag.

The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana's Football WorldCastle out gained Bosse in total yardage 498 yards to 164 yards, thanks mainly to 370 rushing yards on 50 attempts (a 7.4-yard per carry average). Davis added 128 yards passing.

The win clinched a playoff spot for the Knights.

 

“It feels good,” Castle Coach John Lidy told reporters. “Last year we didn’t know (about getting into the playoffs) until the final day. Now we’re in, and we can concentrate on the home field advantage.”

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Oct 05

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Terre Haute North

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Game 8

Castle       30

TH North    6

Oct. 15 — Castle Stadium

ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE –Facing the last team with a winning record on their schedule, the Knights took apart 5-2 Terre Haute North with a workmanship effort.

The Knights struck first near the end of the first quarter when senior running back David Brosmer fought his way over the goal line from the one to cap a 47-yard drive for a 7-0 lead.

The Patriots responded with a lengthy drive of their own, traveling 80 yards in 11 plays as fullback John Collett sneaked in from the one-yard line. Senior end Craig Day blocked the extra point attempt, leaving the Knights with a 7-6 lead. It would be all they would need.

Awakened by Terre Haute North’s drive, the Knights powered their way down the field, including a 37-yard run by Brosmer to cap an 80-yard drive as senior quarterback Mike Davis connected with sophomore running back Scott Thurman on a six-yard touchdown pass.

Leading 14-6, the Knights would assume total command outscoring the Patriots 16-0 in the second half. As usual, David Brosmer seemed to be everywhere. After taking a pitch out early in the third period, Brosmer raced 33 yards around left end for the touchdown giving the Knights a 21-6 advantage.

On North’s next possession, Brosmer picked off a Bob Bowen pass at the Patriots 39-yard line moments later.A few plays later Davis would find senior end Kenny Brown for a nine-yard touchdown pass and a 27-6 lead. Senior kicker Matt McDowell would add a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Knights a 40-6 lead as Coach John Lidy sent in the reserves.

Brosmer ambled for 145 yards on 20 carries and Davis added 144 yards through the air as the Knights improved to 8-0.

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Sep 28

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Memorial

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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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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

Next up on The Road to Paradise — the Evansville Memorial Tigers.

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Sep 25

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Central

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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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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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