The Chesterton football team struggled early and late in dropping a 56-28
Duneland Athletic Conference decision on Senior Night Friday at CHS.
“We’ve got a great nucleus of kids that are working their tails off,”
Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “I really like our kids. If we’ll stay
together and continue to work hard, I still see some good things on the
The Trojans took the opening kickoff, but were forced into a three-and-out
that resulted in just four plays of offense for Crown Point and a 7-0 lead.
The lead grew to 14-0 CP when Connor Andras recovered a blocked punt with
1:49 to play in the opening quarter.
Chesterton punted four times and were intercepted once during their first
five possessions as the lead grew to 21-0.
“We came out to establish things with our triple option and just didn’t do
things correctly on the perimeter,” Peterson said. “We went back to our old
ways blocking and missed some reads and it hurt us. Again, things we have to
Chesterton finally cracked the scoreboard in the second quarter as Cole Teal
completed an 11-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Nate Needham’s
point-after-touchdown was good to cut the lead to 21-7.
The Trojan defense forced a quick punt by the Bulldogs, but Tyler Gillespie
muffed the catch and Crown Point took over at the Chesterton 39.
Five plays later, Jake Jatis found Tristan Peterson for one of his four
touchdowns and a 28-7 halftime lead.
“The real rough thing tonight was giving up the blocked punt for a touchdown
and the muff on a punt late in the second quarter,” Peterson said. “We
thought we had a chance to maybe put three points on the board and instead
they put up seven. That’s a big swing.”
After halftime, the Trojans forced a punt and went on an 11-play, 74-yard
drive that resulted in Teal finding Alex Katsafaros for a 34-yard touchdown.
Crown Point responded with a pair of touchdowns, sandwiched around a Trojan
fumble. Chesterton fumbled five times, losing four.
“We have an upperclassmen-oriented group on offense and we are still making
underclassmen, inexperienced mistakes,” Peterson said. “We’ve got to get
beyond that at this point.”
The Trojans answered with two touchdowns in a 21-second span as Jon Horvath
rumbled 78 yards and Teal found Jordan Dilosa for a 40-yard touchdown that
cut the lead to 41-28.
Crown Point put two touchdowns on the board in the fourth quarter to set the
“We threw the ball pretty well early and had some drops again or things
might be a little different,” Peterson said. “We have to execute some things
better through the air. We had some kids in the right positions and missed
them. Then we had times when the ball was where it was supposed to be and we
didn’t run the right route.
“It does get frustrating.”
Crown Point 56, Chesterton 28
First Downs 21 12
Rushes-yards 36-187 31-153
Passing yards 229 203
Comp-Att-Int 15-23-1 10-28-3
Total Yards 416 356
Penalties-yards 7-53 10-55
Punts-avg. 4-44.0 4-25.0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 5-4
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Crown Point 14 13 7 15 -- 56
Chesterton 0 7 21 0 -- 28
CP -- Tristan Peterson 7 run (Evan Markowitz kick)
CP -- Connor Andras blk punt (Markowitz kick)
CP -- Morgan Kral 17 pass from Jake Jatis (Markowitz kick)
C -- Cole Teal 2 run (Nate Needham kick)
CP -- Peterson 20 pass from Jatis (kick failed)
C -- Alex Katsafaros 34 pass from Teal (Needham kick)
CP -- Peterson 1 run (Markowitz kick)
CP -- Peterson 23 run (Markowitz kick)
C -- Jon Horvath 78 run (Needham kick)
C -- Jordan Dilosa 40 pass from Teal (Needham kick)
CP -- Jacob Kocher 37 pass from Jatis (Kral from Jatis)
CP -- Dax Jones 1 run (Markowitz kick)