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
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
First Downs 12 6
Total Net Yards 266
Rushing Yards 136
Passing Yards 130 4
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 0 21 10
0 -- 31
Munster 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