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Chesterton Football shuts out Munster 31-0

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It took a little while to get going, but once it did, it didn’t slow down.

One week after dropping a 10-9 decision to Hobart, the Chesterton football team picked up its first win of the season with a 31-0 shutout at Munster on Friday night.

“That was a good one to get after last week,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We played better as a team this week. That’s the team we see in practice.”

Ben Slatcoff jump started the Trojans with a 40-yard punt return late in the second quarter of a scoreless game to set up Chesterton at the Munster 25.

Three plays later Jacob Coslet found Bryce Norton with a pass in the right corner of the end zone. Chris VanEekeren’s point-after-touchdown made it 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Max Rodriguez outraced the Mustangs to a pooch kick down the sideline and put the offense back on the field.

Coslet threw his second touchdown pass of the night, this time to Bryce Pickering, from six yards out.

“We changed some things up and were a little more wide open offensively,” Peterson said. “And we shared the ball. (Jacob) Cos(let) did a nice job of spreading the ball around to different guys. We’ve been predictable in the past and tonight I don’t think we were.”

The defense forced a punt and the Trojans took over on their own 22-yard line with just 52 seconds to play in the half. Long completions to Pickering (41 yards) and Jake Warren (26 yards) put Chesterton in position for more points.

Coslet found Pickering again from five yards away and VanEekeren’s kick made it 21-0 Trojans at the half.

“Our offensive line did a great job tonight. Tonight was a night where they fired on all cylinders,” Peterson said. “We didn’t do that against Hobart. It was a focal point all week for us. We had some great catches and made some great throws too. It was an execution night and that’s the team we have to be.”

After the break, the Trojans needed just three plays to get in the end zone again. Pickering got loose and scampered 56 yards for a 28-0 lead.

Pickering finished with 66 yards rushing on three carries and caught three passes for 52 yards. He also scored three touchdowns.

“He was out last week with a high ankle sprain,” Peterson said. “He’s been that guy in waiting for us for two years. He was repping with the varsity guys as a freshman. Getting some things to him was a part of the game plan and then it just kind of manifested itself from there.”

VanEekeren set the final score with a 32-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

Defensively, the Trojans held Munster to just 106 yards (102 rushing, 4 passing) and allowed just six first downs.

“Our defense is solid every week,” Peterson said. “We kept getting off the field when we needed to. Can’t ask for much more than that.”

Chesterton 31, Munster 0



First Downs 12 6

Total Net Yards 266 106

Rushing Yards 136 102

Passing Yards 130 4

Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-12-0 1-8-1

Penalties-Yards 2-15 3-45

Punts-Avg. 4-46.7 7-29.2

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2


Chesterton 0 21 10 0 -- 31

Munster 0 0 0 0 -- 0


C -- Bryce Norton 15 pass from Jacob Coslet (Chris VanEekeren kick)

C -- Bryce Pickering 6 pass from Coslet (VanEekeren kick)

C -- Pickering 5 pass from Coslet (VanEekeren kick)

C -- Pickering 56 run (VanEekeren kick)

C -- VanEekeren 32 fg



Posted 8/27/2018




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