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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.
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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.
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Linebacker Rodney Russell (left) and quarterback Mike Davis (right) lead the Castle Knights into a rocking pep assembly the day after the team’s 1982 state championship victory over the Hobart Brickies — Photo by KEVIN SWANK, Evansville Courier & Press.
— Photo by Evansville Courier & Press.