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Chesterton Football falls at Portage

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Portage quarterback Anthony Maceo is the real deal.

The Indians’ senior quarterback rushed for 283 yards on 27 carries as he led his squad to a 31-21 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Chesterton Friday night.

“Maceo is the best player in the Region, along with the kids down at Lowell,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “He means everything to them. We had some opportunities to get him and he got away. He did that on his own. He’s just fantastic.”

Maceo scored the game’s first touchdown with a 38-yard run in the first quarter, but the Trojans answered with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in Anthony Fencl’s 1-yard plunge. Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown was good to tie the game at 7.

Maceo used his arm for deep completions on the next two possessions and resulted in a 21-7 lead for Portage at the break.

“Offensively, we did some really nice stuff,” Peterson said. “We just missed a block in the first half that would have been a touchdown. We missed some reads and some routes too. We have to make those things happen.

“Could’ve, would’ve and should’ve don’t win you games.”

Peterson rolled the dice starting the second half with a pooch kick down the near sideline and Griffin Nichols jumped on the loose ball.

“We were fantastic on special teams tonight,” Peterson said.

Four plays later, Louie Razo got loose from 27 yards away and scored to cut the lead to 21-14. Razo finished with 52 yards on 11 carries.

Portage answered with Maceo scoring his third touchdown of the night. A fourth quarter, field goal for the Indians pushed the lead to 31-14.

Chesterton responded with a five-play, 66-yard drive that finished with Andrew Zimmerman hooking up with Razo for the final 13 yards.

“We were in this game,” Peterson said. “We have to remain committed and disciplined in what we’ve done the last couple of weeks. We’re a bounce away.”

An onside kick from Chris VanEekeren was recovered by Jake Huber and the Trojans were in business on the Portage side of the 50.

Unable to capitalize, the Trojans got another special team break as Braden Corzan blocked a Portage punt, but a fumble was recovered by the Indians and Chesterton never got the ball again.

“We have the best punter/kickoff guy in the Region,” Peterson said. “He hit a great onside kick and pooch kick to get us extra possessions. He bombed a 70+ yard punt. We didn’t capitalize on any of them.”

The Trojans return to the field on Friday night for their Homecoming Game against Lake Central. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We should be getting some people back from the injury bug in the next couple of weeks and we’re realistically only a few plays away from being 4-1,” Peterson said. “There is no let down or stopping from this point forward. We’ve got to overcome some things and get it done.”

Portage 31, Chesterton 21



First Downs 8 19

Total Net Yards 197 444

Rushing Yards 133 369

Passing Yards 64 75

Comp.-Att.-Int. 11-6-0 8-3-0

Penalties-Yards 4-35 10-80

Punts-Avg. 5-41.0 3-9.7

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-1


Chesterton 7 0 7 7 -- 21

Portage 7 14 7 3 -- 31


P - Anthony Maceo 38 run (Stephen Szakacs kick)

C - Anthony Frencl 1 run (Harley Lohmeyer kick)

P - Maceo 1 run (Szakacs kick)

P - Angel Sanchez 39 pass from Maceo (Szakacs kick)

C - Louie Razo 26 run (Lohmeyer kick)

P - Maceo 14 run (Szakacs run)

P - Szakacs FG

C - Razo 13 pass from Andrew Zimmerman (Lohmeyer kick)

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 14, Portage 6

The Chesterton junior varsity football team beat Portage 14-6 to improve to 4-2 on the year.

David Sharp scored the game’s first touchdown and Ryan Klespies added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Gunner Burkhart scored the second touchdown for the Trojans.

Defensively, Braxton Martorano and Gurneet Singh recorded sacks for Chesterton.


Posted 9/25/2017




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