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Chesterton Football falls at Valparaiso

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Facing a strong Valparaiso defense was already going to present challenges for the Chesterton football team on Friday night. Doing it without starting quarterback Jacob Coslet for much of the night made it all that much harder.

Coslet threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on Chesterton’s second drive of the game and then the junior quarterback was knocked out of the game with an arm injury that turned the night from bad to worse as the Trojans fell 23-0 to the Vikings in a Duneland Athletic Conference contest.

The Trojans committed four turnovers and nearly had a fifth before a Valparaiso interception was called back because of a pass interference call. Chesterton amassed just 28 yards of total offense and two offensive first downs.

“We felt like we had some things in game plan-wise to move the ball with,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We started to do that, but unfortunately we weren’t able to maintain that as we progressed.”

Coslet got hurt midway through the first quarter when he was sacked by Valparaiso sophomore defensive lineman Cooper Jones. The Vikings were called for a penalty after the play and senior backup Cory Boren ripped off a 17-yard run on the next play, but Chesterton’s drive ultimately stalled near midfield. The Trojans got as close as the Valparaiso 14-yard line two possessions later, but Bryce Pickering fumbled the ball early in the second quarter, ending the promising drive. Both Pickering and Boren took turns in place of the injured Coslet.

“When we made the substitution, we have a finite number of things we’ve repped,” Peterson said. “Clearly with (Pickering) in a situation of being a backup and Cory in a situation of being a backup, the game plan changes. (Coslet) filled the starting position because of diversity in which to run the offense; throwing the ball with efficiency and making reads. We’ll have to game plan that and adjust to whoever fills in that position from this point forward.”

Peterson didn’t have an update on Coslet’s condition after the game. The junior was down on the field for several minutes before standing under his own power and being carted off the field while sitting in the passenger side. Pickering and Boren combined to go 1-7 passing with two interceptions and minus-4 passing yards.

The Trojans gained 27 yards on the ground with Boren leading the way with 32 rushing yards on eight attempts. Valparaiso’s defense regularly met Chesterton’s offensive attack in the backfield, piling up 10 tackles for a loss on the night.

“We underachieved on offense,” Peterson said. “We missed 12 opportunities and we continued to stop ourselves.”

The Trojans (1-4, 0-3) will host Portage next week as Chesterton looks for its first DAC win of the season.

Valparaiso 23, Chesterton 0



First Downs 2 16

Total Net Yards 28 297

Rushes-Yards 31-27 39-217

Passing 1 80

Comp.-Att-Int 2-11-3 8-18-0

Penalties-Yards 4-25 6-65

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-0


Chesterton 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Valparaiso 7 6 3 7 -- 23


V -- Reece Crossin 34 interception return (Elias Sewell kick)

V -- Crossin 1 run (kick blocked)

V -- Sewell 21 FG

V -- Cooper Jones 17 fumble return (Sewell kick)


Posted 9/17/2018




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