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Chesterton Football falls 20-14 in double OT

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The Chesterton 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 game.

“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.

“Ultimately our 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 Drew Flowers.

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 happen.”

The Trojans return to the field next Friday night when they travel to Lake Central for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“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.”

Portage 20, Chesterton 14



First Downs 8 5

Total Net Yards 208 103

Rushes-Yards 49-199 33-50

Passing-Yards 9 53

Comp.-Att-Int 2-9-0 3-9-2

Penalties-Yards 11-65 2-10

Punts-Avg. 7-32.3 6-35.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-2


Portage 0 7 0 0 7 6 -- 20

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



Posted 9/24/2018




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