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Chesterton Football falls 35-28 to Warsaw in IHSAA Sectional opener

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In boxing, they say styles make fights.

Friday night’s 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 tonight.

“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 threat.

“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.”

Warsaw 35, Chesterton 28



First Downs 17 21

Rushes-Yards 56-298 20-64

Passing 2-2-0 21-35-0

Passing Yards 31 308

Total Yards 329 372

Penalties-Yards 5-56 4-30

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0


Warsaw 7 14 0 14 -- 35

Chesterton 7 14 0 7 -- 28


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 (Harrison kick)

C -- Ryan Klespies 1 run (Conway kick)

W -- De Los Santos 29 run (Harrison kick)


Posted 11/4/2019




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