football team made one mistake too many and dropped a 20-14 Duneland
Athletic Conference battle in double overtime Friday night against Portage.
“We didn’t perform
as well as we needed to win, but we played well enough to win,” Chesterton
coach Mark Peterson said. “We just didn’t.”
Trailing 7-0 midway
through the third quarter, the Trojans put together a 7-play, 55-yard drive
that culminated in a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris
VanEekeren to Ben Slatcoff. VanEekeren’s point-after-touchdown tied the
“We’re on our
fourth quarterback,” Peterson said. “Chris literally practiced it for two
days this week.”
The game stayed
that way through regulation. Chesterton had just 108 yards of offense after
four quarters and Portage had 186 yards.
defense is playing great and keeping us in games,” Peterson said.
“Offensively, we have to find a way to help them out.”
The Trojans got the
ball first in overtime and scored when VanEekeren again found Slatcoff for a
touchown. The PAT was good.
Zack Warchus tied
the game when the Indians got the ball with an 8-yard TD run. Miguel
Verduzco tied the game at 14.
Portage then got a
10-yard TD run from Warchus, but Verduzcko’s PAT was blocked by Chesterton’s
On the first play
of the Trojan drive, VanEekeren’s pitch to Bryce Pickering was fumbled and
recovered by the Indians.
“Chris made some
great plays and throws for us tonight,” Peterson said. “The last play, he
was trying to make a play and you can’t fault a kid for that. It just didn’t
The Trojans return
to the field next Friday night when they travel to Lake Central for a 7 p.m.
“We have a couple
games we can still win this year and try to get some momentum going into the
playoffs. We’ve demonstrated that we can play with anybody,” Peterson said.
“We have to keep our eye on the prize. If we can right the ship, I really
like our chances.
“We know what we’re
capable of and we just have to stay together and keep working at it.”
First Downs 8 5
Total Net Yards 208
Passing-Yards 9 53
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Portage 0 7 0 0 7 6
Chesterton 0 0 7 0
7 0 -- 14
P -- Jalen Smith 5
run (Miguel Verduzco kick)
C -- Ben Slatcoff
31 pass from Chris VanEekeren (VanEekeren kick)
C -- Slatcoff 13
pass from VanEekeren (VanEekeren kick)
P -- Zack Warchus 8
run (Verduzco kick)
P -- Warchus 10 run