What a difference a week makes.
The Chesterton football team held onto the ball and dominated against
archrival Valparaiso en route to a 31-3 Sectional opening victory on Friday
“That was a nice win for the kids,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said.
“Just from the simple point of view that we kept control of the ball and
gave ourselves a chance to run some plays and go down and score some points
inside the red zone.
“To have an opportunity to beat a rival, and good football team in Valpo,
and now have a chance to play for a Sectional Championship is certainly
After a 50-yard completion off a deflected pass, the Vikings cracked the
scoreboard first on a 22-yard field goal by Jared Smolar. They wouldn’t dent
the scoreboard again as they gained just 234 yards of total offense on the
night (112 passing, 122 rushing).
“We got some pressure in the quarterback’s face and changed the course of
some throws,” Peterson said. “Our defense has been getting better and better
and tonight I thought they were exceptional. We’re playing solid.”
The Trojans tied the game as the second quarter began on a Nate Needham
25-yard field goal and then the onslaught began.
The Chesterton defense forced a three-and-out and quarterback Cole Teal
engineered a 10-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in a Teal one-yard TD
plunge. Teal rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries.
“Cole threw the ball well and managed the game for us tonight,” Peterson
said. “He’s continued to stay steady and do the right things. I didn’t think
he pressed as much tonight and didn’t try to take the brunt of everything.
He let the game come to him.”
Chesterton built on its 10-3 halftime lead with three touchdowns on four
possessions in the second half, including two TD runs by Colin McEuen and
one more by Teal.
McEuen scored on runs of 10 and 14 yards before finishing with 143 yards on
“Colin McEuen just did an awesome job for us tonight stepping into a
starting role,” Peterson said. “He’s coming off a shoulder injury and just
started practicing again this week.”
The Trojans will face off against Class 6A No. 1 Penn on Friday night in the
Sectional Championship beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Chesterton time).
“Penn is a great ballclub and we’ve seen them on film from earlier season
games against Valpo and Portage,” Peterson said. “Their program is fantastic
and we’ll have to be at the top of our game.”
Chesterton 31, Valparaiso 3
First Downs 11 18
Rushes-yards 27-122 50-297
Passing yards 112 19
Comp-Att-Int 7-22-1 2-7-1
Total Yards 234 316
Penalties-yards 7-70 6-35
Punts-avg. 3-29.3 1-9.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Valparaiso 3 0 0 0 -- 3
Chesterton 0 10 7 14 -- 31
V -- Jared Smolar 22 fg
C -- Nate Needham 25 fg
C -- Cole Teal 8 run (Needham kick)
C -- Colin McEuen 14 run (Needham kick)
C -- Teal 1 run (Needham kick)
C -- McEuen 10 run (Needham kick)