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Chesterton Football falls 20-18 to LaPorte

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By TR HARLAN

Missed opportunities.

The Chesterton football team was in the red zone three times and had four opportunities to pick up fumbles and missed on all of them.

LaPorte escaped Chesterton Friday night with a 20-18 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.

“We missed some opportunities where the ball was on the ground for our defense and we didn’t get on it,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We were in the red zone three times offensively and didn’t score. We have to find a way to capitalize on those things.”

The Slicers scored the only points of the first half on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Lorenz to Kyle Simpkins. Lorenz threw just four passes, completing them all to Simpkins, for 95 yards.

The Trojans blocked a field goal attempt to end the first half and seemed to change the game’s momentum.

“We made some adjustments at halftime that we saw them do, but we had to be able to show it to the guys to make the adjustment,” Peterson said. “You get a moment to catch your breath and then get going again. The kids responded and I love them to death. They are really getting better and better as football players.”

Chesterton started the third quarter with a 16-play, 63-yard drive that took 8:57 off the clock but were unable to put points on the board.

Jacob Huber recovered a fumble and the Trojans turned in into three points as Harley Lohmeyer kicked it through the uprights from 33 yards away on the first play of the fourth quarter.

LaPorte took very little time in answering when Drayson Nespo broke loose for a 34-yard touchdown run. Nespo finished with 189 yards on 18 carries.

“It was a great game,” Peterson said. “LaPorte did their ball control stuff and they are really good at it.”

Chesterton immediately answered with a 34-yard run by quarterback Andrew Zimmerman and then a 21-yard touchdown scamper from Louie Razo. Tony Frencl’s two-point conversion cut the lead to 14-11.

Nespo broke loose again for a 55-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead to 20-11.

“When you get into a grinding game like that it just takes one guy to not do his job and it’s a long run for them,” Peterson said. “There’s a crease, then it’s a hole and now it’s a touchdown.”

The Trojans put together their final touchdown drive of the game as they went 81-yards in nine plays as Zimmerman found Jake Warren in the corner of the end zone from seven yards away.

“What a great catch by Jake Warren in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown,” Peterson said.

The Chesterton defense appeared to be giving the offense one last chance at the victory, but an offside penalty against the Trojans on fourth-and-two allowed the Slicers to run out the clock.

“To have the opportunities that we did and not be able to capitalize on them stings,” Peterson said. “We just have to keep putting the kids in a position to make plays and hope they make it.”

The Trojans return to the field on Friday night when they host Valparaiso. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Michigan City 35, Chesterton 14

AT CHESTERTON

L C

First Downs 18 12

Total Net Yards 397 256

Rushing Yards 302 163

Passing Yards 95 93

Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-4-0 6-10-0

Penalties-Yards 3-25 2-10

Punts-Avg. 1-14.0 2-34.5

Fumbles-Lost 5-1 0-0

SCORING BY QUARTERS

LaPorte 7 0 0 13 -- 20

Chesterton 0 0 0 18 -- 18

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

L - Kyle Simpkins 34 pass from Nolan Lorenz (Jorydi Farrias kick)

C - Harley Lohmeyer 33 FG

L - Drayson Nespo 34 run (Farrias kick)

C - Louie Razo 21 run (Tony Frencl run)

L - Nespo 55 run (kick failed)

C - Jake Warren 7 pass from Andrew Zimmerman (Lohmeyer kick)

 

 

Posted 9/11/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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