football team did everything but win its season opener Friday night.
The Trojans scored
two fourth quarter touchdowns that were called back because of penalties and
missed a last-minute field goal in dropping a 10-9 decision to Hobart.
“Too many missed
opportunities,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We should’ve scored
four touchdowns in the first half. It was a variety of things that we just
didn’t do. They are game one miscues, no doubt.
“But, at the same
time, it’s a game we really beat ourselves.”
Hobart scored the
game’s first touchdown early in the second quarter when Tyler Turley
intercepted a pitch from Chesterton quarterback Cory Boren and went 46 yards
for a touchdown.
“We overplayed it,”
Peterson said. “We are 17-18 year old kids out trying to make plays. Their
linebacker made a great play on a bad decision by us. We pitched it when we
probably should’ve just taken the loss. It’s game one. That’s a mistake we
won’t make down the road.”
The game stayed
that way through halftime until Boren connected with Ben Slatcoff for a
31-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7-7.
Boren hit on
2-of-12 passes for 41 yards and carried the ball 18 times between playing
quarterback and running back. Tony Frencl led the rushing attack with 55
yards on 10 carries.
“We want to keep
the ball in Cory’s hands,” Peterson said. “Some of the stuff we did in
anticipation of tonight was putting Cory at running back too. Ultimately, we
have two kids we believe in and someone in Cory that has to have the ball.
He’s too talented a kid not to have it.”
On the ensuing
drive, Hobart snapped the ball over its punters head into the endzone for a
safety and a 9-7 Trojan lead.
defense allowed just 80 yards of total offense (33 rushing, 47 passing).
“The defense did a
nice job and really came to play tonight,” Peterson said. “Our coaches put
the kids in a position to make plays and those guys made them.”
The Brickies put
together a nine-play drive that culminated in a Matt Hylek field goal from
35 yards away for a 10-9 lead with 5:26 to play.
Kyle McWhirter took
the kickoff all the way back to the Hobart 26-yard line setting up the
Trojans with a chance to take the lead.
On the possession,
the Trojans scored two touchdowns, both were called back on penalties.
Chesterton had seven penalties for 65 yards on the night.
Turley again came
to the forefront when he recovered a fumble by Boren at the 11.
Again, the Trojan
defense came up big as they stopped the Brickies on a 4th and 1 at their own
20-yard line to give the offense the ball back with 2:04 to play.
Boren rushed for
four yards before throwing two incomplete passes setting up Chris
VanEekeren’s 33-yard field goal attempt that missed wide left.
“The game shouldn’t
have come down to that last kick,” Peterson said. “Everybody will want to
point their finger at it. But, we missed 12 tackles, a couple of blocks and
dropped some passes. There were a lot of factors that should have kept it
from coming down to that.”
to the field on Friday night when they travel to Munster for a 7 p.m.