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Chesterton Football opens with 21-13 win over Hobart

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By TR HARLAN

Mark Peterson couldn’t contain it.

The smile that beamed on the face of the Chesterton football head coach Friday night after his team picked up a come-from-behind 21-13 victory at Hobart was radiant.

“We got the monkey off our back early this year,” Peterson laughed. “I feel elated for these kids. We’ve struggled the last two years and to play a good team like that is great. To get a win at the end with the young group we have is awesome.

“It’s exciting. It’s energizing.”

It didn’t look great early as Hobart took the opening kickoff and went 71 yards in 11 plays before DJ Lipke scored from one yard out for a 7-0 lead.

“Defensively, we didn’t look great those first two series. We made some great adjustments and the kids followed through on them,” Peterson said. “We had three guys that were playing both ways, and defense for the first time, and they didn’t look very good on the first two drives. We got them settled down and they were great after that.”

The game remained that way through halftime before sophomore quarterback Chris Mullen got hot.

Mullen hit Jake Warren for 82 yards and a touchdown, but the Trojans missed the extra point to cut the lead to 7-6.

Warren caught three passes for 153 yards, while Mullen completed 15-of-27 passes for 291 yards.

“Offensively, we missed some plays in the first half, but we took advantage of some opportunities and made some plays in the second half,” Peterson said. “Chris did a fantastic job. He had some clutch throws and I really like the fact that we have two quarterbacks (Jacob Coslet) that I think we can win games with.”

It took just one play for the Brickies to push the lead to 13-6 as Riley Johnston found Zach Vode for 64 yards and a touchdown. The point-after-touchdown kick was blocked.

Mullen put together a five-play drive, all through the air, that resulted in an 18-yard TD pass to Gunner Burkhart. Mullen then found Ben Slatcoff in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 14-13 CHS lead.

After Ryan Klespies intercepted a pass, Mullen needed just three plays to find Austin Gray for a 12-yard score. Seth Conway’s PAT kick was good to set the final score.

“We’ve got some guys on the outside that we can get the ball to,” Peterson said. “We had guys make huge catches and score touchdowns for the first time and that’s great to see. If we continue to get better and make plays, we’ll be in a lot of games.”

The Trojans will open the home portion of their schedule on Friday night when they host Munster. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Chesterton 21, Hobart 13

AT HOBART

C H

First Downs 12 11

Total Net Yards 326 261

Rushes-Yards 21-22 33-96

Passing Yards 304 165

Comp.-Att-Int 17-33-1 12-22-1

Penalties-Yards 5-40 3-30

Punts-Avg. 5-25.0 5-23.2

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Chesterton 0 0 6 15 -- 21

Hobart 7 0 6 0 -- 13

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

H -- DJ Lipke 1 run (Matthew Hylek kick)

C -- Jake Warren 82 pass from Chris Mullen (kick failed)

H -- Zach Vode 64 pass from Riley Johnston (kick blocked)

C -- Gunner Burkhart 18 pass from Mullen (Ben Slatcoff pass from Mullen)

C -- Austin Graf 12 pass from Mullen (Seth Conway kick)

 

 

 

Posted 8/26/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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