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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.
Next up on The Road to Paradise — the Evansville Bosse Bulldogs.
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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.
On 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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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.
Two 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.
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.
Next up on The Road to Paradise — the Braves of Terre Haute South.
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ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — With three losses to avenge from the season before, the 1982 Castle Knights would get a strong test right out of the gate by facing one of Evansville’s toughest teams — the Mater Dei Wildcats.
Offensively, the Knights shined with 345 yards of total offense, including 230 rushing yards, led by senior running back David Brosmer (83 yards rushing, two touchdowns), junior running back Chris Brosmer (59 yards rushing, one touchdown) and senior running back Joe Dillman (43 yards rushing). Senior quarterback Mike Davis added 115 yards passing, including a five-yard touchdown pass to senior end Kenny “Downtown” Brown.
But it was on defense where the Knights shined the greatest. Led by senior linebackers Rodney Russell and Pat Lockyear, the Blue Crush defense swarmed the Mater Dei attack, limiting the Wildcats to 27 overall yards, a figure brought down by the Wildcats -4 yards rushing.
“It was a sweet win,” Coach John Lidy told the Evansville Courier. “That’s only one win, one game. We’ve still got a long way to go.”
The 1-0 Knights would face Warrick County rival Boonville in Week 2.