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Chesterton Football delivers Homecoming win

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Coming off its first loss of the season, Chesterton football coach Mark Peterson wanted to see the Trojans refocused and determined, even with a host of Homecoming distractions happening around the program.

Peterson got what he wanted as Chesterton jumped out to a quick lead over LaPorte and never looked back in a 29-7 win over the Slicers.

Sophomore quarterback Chris Mullen threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, including two scoring strikes to Ben Slatcoff in the first quarter that helped the Trojans shake off last week’s 21-7 loss to Michigan City.

“We have great character,” Peterson said. “We put in a solid work week. (Duneland Athletic Conference) play is not easy week in and week out. I wanted to see them come back with energy and tonight was a great show of their character.”

LaPorte marched right down the field to start the game and got as far as the Chesterton five-yard line before getting pushed back on consecutive plays. The Slicers chose to go for it on fourth down from the 16-yard line and Chesterton senior Ben Slatcoff came down with an interception in the end zone.

“(Coach Nick) Bamber worked with us all week on staying home on those plays,” Slatcoff said.

The Trojans (3-1, 1-1) turned their fortunes quickly as Mullen hit Slatcoff for a 60-yard touchdown four plays later to put Chesterton on the board. The touchdown came on Mullen’s first pass of the game and it was a simple throw over the middle that Slatcoff grabbed, turned up field and sprinted to the end zone.

“I saw their alignment and saw Ben over the middle and I just made the throw,” Mullen said. “He caught it and did the rest.”

Mullen and Slatcoff connected once again on the final play of the second quarter when Mullen converted a third-and-long situation with a 39-yard touchdown pass. Slatcoff finished with three catches for 113 yards.

Chesterton took a 21-0 lead into the locker room after Mullen hit Jake Warren with a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Mullen’s best play of the day came in the third quarter when he stared down an all-out LaPorte blitz and dumped a pass over the defense to Ethan Pickering. Mullen was drilled after the throw, but he looked up to see Pickering scampering down the field for a 51-yard touchdown.

“I saw him get down to the five and that was it because I got hit,” Mullen said. “Ethan really stepped up this week with (Ryan Klespies) out with injury.”

With undefeated Valparaiso looming next week, overcoming last week’s loss to Michigan City was important, especially for a youthful football team.

“You forget about it, but you don’t really forget about it,” Mullen said. “We had to come together and get back to work this week.”

Chesterton 29, LaPorte 7



First Downs 10 13

Total Net Yards 207 383

Rushes-Yards 44-204 29-71

Passing Yards 3 312

Comp.-Att-Int 1-2-1 17-27-1

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0


LaPorte 0 0 7 0 -- 7

Chesterton 14 7 8 0 -- 29


C -- Ben Slatcoff 60 pass from Chris Mullen (Jackson Syren kick)

C - Slatcoff 39 pass from Mullen (Syren kick)

C - Jake Warren 4 pass from Mullen (Syren kick)

C - Ethan Pickering 51 pass from Mullen (Slatcoff pass to Zachary Zimmerman)

L - Justin Forker 75 interception return (Javier Robles kick)



Posted 9/16/2019




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