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Illinois High School Association Highlights The Ghosts of Wheaton

The Ghosts of Wheaton was Highlighted Aug. 18 by the Illinois High School Association. Read the interview here.

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Jul 31

Running with Authority

Fullback Phil Adler takes the handoff from quarterback Ben Klaas during the Tigers' 1992 championship season.

Running back Jim Johnson takes the handoff from quarterback Ben Klaas during the Tigers’ 1992 championship season.

Dec 09

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Oct 26

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Richmond

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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

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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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run

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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Sep 28

The Road to Paradise Travels Through Memorial

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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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