football team battled No. 5 Valparaiso tooth and nail Friday night.
The Trojans held
the Vikings to just 14 points, but couldn’t crack the scoreboard themselves
and dropped a 14-0 Duneland Athletic Conference decision.
“Our defense did
everything you could ask them to do,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said.
“Offensively, we just didn’t get it done. We had three or four plays where
we had a chance to do something big and didn’t. When you play a team with
that great of a defense, you have to make plays when you have a chance.”
Neither team did
much offensively in the first half before the Vikings hit a 39-yard pass
play that put them on the 2-yard line midway through the second quarter.
Jesse Harper scored from there for a 7-0 lead.
The Vikings rushed
for 207 yards on the night with Harper tallying 89 of them.
The Trojans best
drive of the night came immediately after the kickoff following halftime.
“We opened it up a
little more after halftime,” Peterson said. “We had to make some adjustments
to the things they were doing against our running game and put the ball in
Taking over on
their own 19-yard line, Chesterton put together a 10-play drive that ended
on a fourth and 8 at the Valpo 28.
Andrew Zimmerman was 4-for-4 on the drive for 63 yards. Ben Slatcoff made
two catches for 26 yards on the drive.
Valpo put the final
tally on the scoreboard on a drive that started late in the third quarter
and finished at the 8:32 mark of the fourth when Reece Crossing scored from
one yard away.
The Trojans would
cross midfield just one more time as they gained just 126 yards of total
offense on the night (113 passing, 13 rushing).
“We’ve got to get
better,” Peterson said.
The Trojans return
to the field on Friday night when they travel to Portage to take on the
Indians. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
First Downs 14 6
Total Net Yards 308
Rushing Yards 207
Passing Yards 101
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Valparaiso 0 7 0 7
Chesterton 0 0 0 0
V - Jesse Harper 2
run (Lucas White kick)
V - Reece Crossin 1
run (White kick)