In boxing, they say
styles make fights.
opening round of the IHSAA Football Sectional was a complete contrast in
styles, but provided a heavyweight title fight feel.
Warsaw scored 14
fourth quarter points and came up with a defensive stop on the game’s final
possession to escape with a 35-28 victory over Chesterton.
“They did what they
do,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We don’t ever see anything like
that and it’s hard to replicate even over 10 days. His goal is to get three
yards every time. All but one time they did.”
The Tigers scored
on six of seven possessions and held the ball for 30:14 of time as they
racked up 298 yards rushing on 56 carries.
“They stopped us
twice and we stopped them once,” Peterson said.
The teams traded
touchdowns the entire night as Trojan quarterback Chris Mullen threw for
three touchdowns on 21-of-35 passing for 308 yards. Chesterton also ground
out 64 yards on 20 carries.
“We had them in
some sets where we thought we could take advantage of them and did most of
the night,” Peterson said. “Chris did a great job of moving the ball around
and finding the open guy.”
Jake Warren caught
two touchdown passes, while grabbing eight balls for 136 yards. Ben Slatcoff
also caught a TD from Mullen and had 39 yards receiving on four catches.
Gunner Burkhart had
four catches for 54 yards and Colby Bullock caught three balls for 60 yards.
“I am beyond proud
of these seniors. They’ve weathered a couple of tough years,” Peterson said.
“These guys provided us a solid foundation for the future. They are the ones
that took the leadership role from day one in the offseason to the last play
“Our sophomore and
junior group have really built on a cultural shift. We haven’t closed the
gap the last two years and this year we did.”
Trailing 35-28 with
3:14 to play, Mullen engineered a drive that got the Trojans all the way to
the Warsaw 13-yard line, but a sack, penalty and incomplete pass ended the
“To get from where
we were at this point last year to where we are right now, I’m just so proud
of the commitment and buy-in,” Peterson said. “We’ve got wonderful kids and
every year we build on that and thrive on it. We have some kids that we can
build around and keep this thing going in the right direction.”
W -- Wyatt Amiss 5
run (Mevis Harrison kick)
C -- Ben Slatcoff
12 pass from Chris Mullen (Seth Conway kick)
W -- Juan De Los
Santos 1 run (Harrison kick)
C -- Jake Warren 63
pass from Mullen (Conway kick)
W -- De Los Santos
4 run (Harrison kick)
C -- Warren 6 pass
from Mullen (Conway kick)
W -- Amiss 1 run
C -- Ryan Klespies
1 run (Conway kick)
W -- De Los Santos
29 run (Harrison kick)