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Chesterton Football falls 14-0 to No. 5 Valpo

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The Chesterton 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 the air.”

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.

Trojan quarterback 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.

Valparaiso 14, Chesterton 0



First Downs 14 6

Total Net Yards 308 126

Rushing Yards 207 13

Passing Yards 101 113

Comp.-Att.-Int. 18-7-1 15-8-2

Penalties-Yards 6-48 3-22

Punts-Avg. 7-26.9 6-38.2

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1


Valparaiso 0 7 0 7 -- 14

Chesterton 0 0 0 0 -- 0


V - Jesse Harper 2 run (Lucas White kick)

V - Reece Crossin 1 run (White kick)



Posted 9/18/2017




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