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 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.
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.
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
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
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
The Trojans will
open the home portion of their schedule on Friday night when they host
Munster. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
First Downs 12 11
Total Net Yards 326
Passing Yards 304
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 0 0 6 15
Hobart 7 0 6 0 --
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)