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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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The 1982 Castle Knights Championship Run
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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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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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.
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ON THE ROAD TO PARADISE — Fresh off its 28-0 domination of Evansville Mater Dei, the 1982 Castle Knights would welcome county rival Boonville to Paradise. The Pioneers also entered the game 1-0, following a 34-0 pummeling of the Washington Hatchets — a win that brought Boonville a ranking of 14th in its AA classification.
The Knights punched it in twice in the first quarter (a nine-yard-run by senior running back David Brosmer and a 29-yard pass from senior quarterback Mike Davis to junior end Joe Huff) to take an early 14-0 lead.
A flurry of knockout punches would come in the second quarter. A repeat performance 11-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Huff would give the Knights a 21-0 lead early in the quarter. Two three-yard touchdown runs by junior running back Chris Brosmer would give the Knights a commanding 35-0 lead halfway through the quarter. A 25-yard interception return by senior linebacker Rodney Russell would give the Knights a 42-0 halftime lead.
The Knights would add 10 more points in the third quarter thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by senior running back Joe DIllman and a 26-yard field goal by senior kicker Matt McDowell for a 52-0 lead.
The stat sheet was just as overwhelming as the scoreboard. While the Knights gained 23 first downs and 400 yards in total offense, Boonville gained four first downs and 35 yards in total offense. Davis threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while Boonville could only manage 31 yards in the air.
“Yeah, we really slacked off there,” Coach John Lidy chuckled.
After two games, the Knights had outscored their opponents 80-0.
Next up on The Road to Paradise: the Evansville Harrison Warriors.