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Chesterton Football beats Merrillville 14-7

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The Chesterton football team finally finished one.

The Trojans outlasted Merrillville and ended the regular season with a 14-7 Duneland Athletic Conference victory on Friday night.

“This is a good one for us to get,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We’ve been close four or five times and haven’t gotten the win. All the could’ve, would’ve and should’ve don’t mean anything if you don’t convert it into a win and tonight we did that.”

Things didn’t look good early as the Trojan offense was held to -4 total yards in the first quarter and Merrillville’s Aahric Whitehead hit Amani Glass for a 57-yard touchdown on the Pirates’ first play from scrimmage.

“We thought we had a game plan that would work,” Peterson said. “They gave us some different things than we anticipated and we had to make adjustments. We just went back to the basics. We did more triple option stuff on offense and controlled the tempo better.”

Chesterton got things going in the second quarter offensively as they put together an eight-play, 80-yard drive that Louie Razo finished with a 40-yard TD run. Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown tied the game at 7-7 at halftime.

A wild third quarter included the Trojans mounting a drive to the Pirate 24-yard line before fumbling. One play later, Brett Roeske intercepted a pass to give the ball back to Chesterton.

“We’ve had some instances where we have a great drive and turned the ball over,” Peterson said. “That was a weird group of plays that turned out in our favor. We got some guys back tonight, especially Brett Roeske that really helped. That gave us an opportunity to have a great performance on defense.”

The Trojans took advantage with a seven-yard touchdown run from Cory Boren. Lohmeyer’s PAT set the final score.

Chesterton would touch the ball offensively just one more time as they took over at their own 1-yard line with 11:23 to play in the game.

Behind runs from Andrew Zimmerman, Louie Razo and a pass from Zimmerman to his brother Zach, the Trojans moved the ball out of trouble.

“As soon as you have success running the ball, it opens up some play-action things in the passing game,” Peterson said. “Andrew threw some nice balls to the right spot and we caught it. Zach (Zimmerman) filled in as tight end for us tonight and did some wonderful things with some big catches.”

The Trojans would get four first downs on the drive and then let Chris VanEekeren punt the Pirates all the way back to their own 21-yard line.

“That was a huge drive for us,” Peterson said. “It wasn’t a blistering drive for points, but we were able to get out of a tough situation and punt it away. That shows that we are capable of executing on offense and that’s something we’ve been searching for.”

The Trojans open post-season play a week from Friday when they travel to Warsaw to open Sectional play.

“Warsaw has had a good season (5-4 overall),” Peterson said. “They do some nice things and we’re going to have to raise our game.”

Chesterton 14, Merrillville 7



First Downs 14 16

Total Net Yards 229 289

Rushing Yards 130 153

Passing Yards 99 136

Comp.-Att.-Int 8-12-0 12-21-3

Penalties-Yards 6-42 7-55

Punts-Avg. 5-38.6 40.7

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1


Chesterton 0 7 7 0 -- 14

Merrillville 7 0 0 0 -- 7


M - Armani Glass 57 pass from Aahric Whitehead (Meagan Wise kick)

C - Louie Razo 40 run (Harley Lohmeyer kick)

C - Cory Boren 7 run (Lohmeyer kick)





Posted 10/16/2017




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