football team was in the red zone three times and had four opportunities to
pick up fumbles and missed on all of them.
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
“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
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.
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.”
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
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,
First Downs 18 12
Total Net Yards 397
Rushing Yards 302
Passing Yards 95 93
SCORING BY QUARTERS
LaPorte 7 0 0 13 --
Chesterton 0 0 0 18
L - Kyle Simpkins
34 pass from Nolan Lorenz (Jorydi Farrias kick)
C - Harley Lohmeyer
L - Drayson Nespo
34 run (Farrias kick)
C - Louie Razo 21
run (Tony Frencl run)
L - Nespo 55 run
C - Jake Warren 7
pass from Andrew Zimmerman (Lohmeyer kick)