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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.
Next up on The Road to Paradise — the Martinsville Artesians.
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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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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run
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.
The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run
ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Fresh off its 52-0 decimation of the Boonville Pioneers, the 1982 Castle Knights would welcome the Evansville Harrison Warriors to Paradise. The Warriors would accomplish something that neither Mater Dei or Boonville could — they would score on the Castle Knights.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Knights would strike first blood thanks to a double does of the Brosmer brothers. Chris Brosmer would gain 20 yards on a fake punt attempt, giving the Knights a first down at the Harrison 42-yard line. David Brosmer did the rest on the next play, bolting through a hole, veering left and sailing into the end zone untouched. Kicker Matt McDowell‘s extra point would give the Knights a 7-0 lead.It wouldn’t last long.
On the ensuing kickoff, senior running back Lamont Williams ran it right up the gut of the Knights’ kickoff team and 88 yards later had tied the game. It may have been Harrison’s biggest mistake as the fired-up Knights promptly embarked on an eight-play, 71-yard drive to retake a 14-7 lead on a David Brosmer three-yard run.
Chris Brosmer would raise the Knights’ advantage to 22-7 half way through the third period thanks to a 54-yard run and a run around right end for a two-point conversion. Fullback Neil Chapman would finish the Knights’ scoring with a six-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Mike Davis, capping off a 59-yard drive early in the fourth quarter.
Overall, the Knights would thoroughly dominate the Warriors, posting 15 first downs to Harrison’s three and 364 total yards to the Warrirors’ 60 yards.
David Brosmer once again led the attack, gaining 112 yards (for an 8.6-yard average) and scoring twice. Chris Brosmer added 98 yards rushing (for a 12.2-yard average) and a touchdown. Davis added 108 passing yards.
The Knights had now outscored their three opponents 109-7.
“I hope we don’t play anyone much tougher,” Harrison Coach Mitch Marsh told the Evansville Courier.
Next up on The Road to Paradise: the Evansville Reitz Panthers.
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