No more low-key Friday nights. If there were any.
The Chesterton football team improved to 4-0 on Friday night with a 48-13
Duneland Athletic Conference victory at LaPorte.
“We know what’s ahead of us,” Chesterton coach John Snyder said. “We’ve set
ourselves up to be at a point where we have a chance to compete for the
things we want to accomplish. But, we also know the meat of our schedule is
ahead of us starting next Friday.
“We’ve got to line up and play smash mouth. We’ll see what we’re made of.”
The Trojans came out and made an immediate statement when Trever Walker
drilled LaPorte quarterback Mike Ash on the game’s opening play, causing a
fumble that was recovered by Ryley Harlow.
Five plays later, Joe Troop put the Trojans on the board with a 26-yard
touchdown run. The extra point was no good and Chesterton led 6-0.
The Trojan defense forced a quick three-and-out, but the offense turned the
ball over on a fumble. LaPorte responded with a 13-play drive that took 6:40
off the clock and culminated in a 3-yard TD run by Charles Salary for a 7-6
“I don't think the defense came ready to play,” Snyder said. “I hate to say
it, but I think they were looking ahead (to Valpo). There is no looking
ahead. We're doing some good things, but the mistakes we're making, against
really good teams, are going to bite us in the butt.”
The Chesterton offense responded with six-play drive that ended with Troop’s
second touchdown of the night on a six-yard scamper. Nate Needham’s kick was
good for a 13-7 lead that never got closer.
The defense forced a punt and the Trojans punched it into the end zone with
a four-yard touchdown run by Jon Horvath. Horvath finished with 161 yards
rushing on 14 carries as the Trojans racked up 342 yards on the ground as a
“I said it last week, he just runs hard,” Snyder said. “Teams are trying to
take away that perimeter game we have with our speed and he’s able to gain
yards inside and out.”
A stop on a fourth and one resulted in another Trojan drive that Chris
Katsafaros finished with a 17-yard run for a 27-7 halftime lead.
“What we've been able to do, spreading the ball around literally sideline to
sideline, has got to make it tough on people," Snyder said. "Then you've got
Chris (Katsafaros) at the quarterback spot that you have to account for.
What we've been doing, it's given us the opportunity to take a look at
things as the defense is lining up, and its nice to be able to adjust on the
The Trojan offense continued to roll after halftime as Katsafaros engineered
a nine-play drive that he finished himself with a three-yard run.
When LaPorte fumbled the kickoff and Kevin Fekete recovered, the Trojans
took just four plays to score as Katsafaros found Troop for a one-yard TD
pass. The big play on the drive was a 37-yard pass to Matt Holba.
"(The offense) gets on a roll and the defense starts to feed off it," Snyder
said. “that carried over to the second half I thought.”
Chesterton’s final touchdown of the night came on a six-yard pass from Mike
Crowley to Jacob Andrews.
On the night, the Trojans racked up 410 yards of total offense, while
allowing just 186 (145 rushing, 41 passing).
First Downs 18 14
Rushes-yards 44-342 47-145
Passing yards 68 41
Comp-Att-Int 6-9-0 5-7-0
Total Yards 410 186
Penalties-yards 5-35 3-25
Punts-avg. 1-49.0 2-47.5
Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-2
Chesterton 6 21 21 0 -- 48
LaPorte 7 0 0 6 -- 13
C -- Joe Troop 26 run (kick failed)
L -- Charles Salary 3 run (Josh Aaron kick)
C -- Troop 6 run (Nate Needham kick)
C -- Jon Horvath 4 run (Needham kick)
C -- Chris Katsafaros 17 run (Needham kick)
C -- Katsafaros 3 run (Needham kick)
C -- Troop 1 pass from Katsafaros (Needham kick)
C -- Jacob Andrews 6 pass from Mike Crowley (Chris Pabon kick)
L -- Miguel Barron 3 run (kick failed)
The Chesterton junior varsity team improved to 3-1 on the year with a 21-14
victory over LaPorte on Saturday.
The Trojans did all their scoring in the first half with touchdowns from
Greg Mochen, Dax Jones and Tyler Gillespie.
The defense was led by linebackers Tommy St. Germain, Jaycee Jensen and a
strong secondary that broke-up numerous attempts by the Slicers to move the
ball through the air.
Michigan City 14
The Chesterton freshman team rallied late for a 21-14 victory over Michigan
City on Thursday.
With the score deadlocked just before the half, the Trojans forced a
Michigan City fumble, but the Wolves recovered and scampered 54 yards for a
touchdown and 6-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Logan Hofferth intercepted a pass and went 22 yards
for a touchdown to tie the score at 6-6. Sam Tilden’s point-after-touchdown
put the Trojans up 7-6.
A Wolves touchdown and two-point conversion put them on top 14-7 before Luke
Finke picked off a MC pass and went 46 yards for a touchdown. Matt Estill
took in the two-point conversion.
The final Chesterton touchdown of the night came when Garrett Slatcoff hit
Caleb McEuen for a 6-yard TD. The big plays on the drive included a 32-yard
run by Slatcoff and a 20-yard pass to Colton Tuzinski.
Defensively, Justin Sellers ended Michigan City’s final drive with an