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Chesterton Football blown out at Portage

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By TR HARLAN

Things started poorly Friday night. Then got worse.

The Chesterton football team fumbled seven times and mounted just 235 yards of offense and dropped a 45-14 Duneland Athletic Conference decision at Portage Friday night.

“It’s a very disappointing night in execution and effort,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We are going to have to continue to try and find the hot buttons to get us more energetic.”

Portage took the opening kickoff and drove right down the field on a 5-play, 76-yard drive that culminated in Hashim Simpson taking the ball in from nine yards out. Simpson scored the Indians’ first four touchdowns on the night.

“It’s not new for us to be down seven points early,” Peterson said. “We’ve give up an early score in every game it seems like.”

On the Trojans second play from scrimmage a pass from Cole Teal to Avery Beeks was ruled a fumble giving the ball to the Indians on the Chesterton 11-yard line.

Two plays later, Simpson scored for a 14-0 lead.

“It was a tough first quarter with the turnovers,” Peterson said. “We’ve got to hang on to the football.”

After the teams traded punts, the Trojans moved into Portage territory, but a fumble handed the ball back to the Indians.

Nine plays and 72 yards later, Simpson’s third touchdown of the night pushed the lead to 21-0. Simpson finished with 92 yards on 28 carries.

Things remained the same on the next possession as the Trojans fumbled again, but the Indians missed a field goal attempt to send the game to halftime 21-0.

“Overall, our execution and focus was terrible,” Peterson said. “We gave ourselves some chances, but it was hard to get into any kind of rhythm on offense. We couldn’t call different things and take advantage of some things we saw in their defense.”

Portage started the second half with a squib kick down the middle of the field that they recovered and turned the possession into Simpson’s fourth touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

The Trojan offense finally hit a big play as Teal connected with Avery Beeks for 44 yards. Colin McEuen scored from 10 yards out to put Chesterton on the board.

After a goal line stand on fourth and one from the one, the Trojan defense sent the offense out for a 13-play, 99-yard drive that culminated in a nine yard TD pass from Teal to Beeks to cut the lead to 28-14.

The Trojans never got any closer as the Indians scored 17 unanswered points to set the final score.

“We have to do some soul searching,” Peterson said.

Portage 45, Chesterton 14

AT PORTAGE

C P

First Downs 11 12

Rushes-yards 31-91 51-232

Passing yards 144 57

Comp-Att-Int 8-20-1 7-8-0

Total Yards 235 289

Penalties-yards 5-62 3-25

Punts-avg. 2-27.5 2-29.0

Fumbles-lost 7-4 2-0

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Chesterton 0 0 7 7 -- 14

Portage 14 7 7 17 -- 45

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

P -- Hashim Simpson 9 run (Nathan Johnson kick)

P -- Simpson 3 run (Johnson kick)

P -- Simpson 2 run (Johnson kick)

P -- Simpson 3 run (Johnson kick)

C -- Colin McEuen 10 run (Nate Needham kick)

C -- Avery Beeks 9 pass from Cole Teal (Needham kick)

P -- Cody Maldonado 15 pass from Gage Pearman (Johnson kick)

P -- Johnson 42 fg

P -- Avery Sanders 1 run (Johnson kick)

Junior Varsity

Portage 21, Chesterton 6

The Chesterton junior varsity fell to 2-3 on the year with a 21-6 loss to Portage on Saturday.

The Trojans scored first on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Slatcoff to Jovon Davis.

The defense led by Derrick Hardin, Jonathan Kindmark and Andrew Fouts held the Indians to just six points through three quarters, but gave up two late touchdowns.

 

 

Posted 9/30/2013