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Chesterton Football thunders past Munster

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The lightning, thankfully, was finally gone, but the Chesterton running game provided some thunder of its own Monday against travel-weary Munster.

The Trojans rushed for 203 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over the Mustangs.

"They call themselves the 'hogs' and we got on their back," Chesterton quarterback Cole Teal said. "Four of the five are back and they do a great job."

Teal, who also threw for 120 yards, rushed for 70 while Tyler Gillespie rambled for 90 on just carries. His 30-yarder in the fourth quarter was one for the highlight tapes with the Trojans junior taking all 11 Mustangs for a ride toward the end of the run. Avery Beeks was checked on the ground, but caught three passes for 45 yards and was explosive on kickoff returns.

"Tyler ran extremely hard," coach Mark Peterson said. "Avery did a phenomenal job on kick returns. Cole had great tempo. He's a knowledgeable kid. He knows what we're trying to accomplish offensively. He checked off four, five times and called the play himself. He had a great night, controlling the game. I can't say enough good things about the offensive line. We talked about them being able to carry us and they stepped up. We sure as heck weren't perfect on offense, but I was happy we were able to overcome adversity with penalties."

Chesterton (1-1) may have had some postponement anxiety in the first half, when it was tagged for six procedure infractions. It incurred nine flags in all with a couple others declined.

"Waiting in the meeting room (Friday), then spending three hours in the cafeteria Saturday, everybody was amped up and ready to play," Teal said.

The mistakes stymied the Trojans' first drive and Munster jumped in front on a 25-yard pass from Joe Jumonville to Zack Pickett. Chesterton answered with a 13-yard Teal scramble to cap a 62-yard march. Nate Needham missed the extra point, leaving the score at 7-6, but Andrew Ralph recovered his pooch kickoff at the Mustangs’ 27. Teal's 17-yard connection with Steffan Dienes got the Trojans to the 10 and Gilespie powered in from the 1 after two Teal runs for a 12-7 Chesterton lead.

Munster (1-1) was positioned to go back in front, driving to the brink of the red zone, but Jumonville underthrew a receiver under duress and was picked off by Jordan Dilosa at the 8. The Trojans responded with a 92-yard march that actually went 96 after another false start. They got out of jail with a 24-yard screen to Beeks on third and 5 at the 13. One play later, Beeks weaved his way 63 yards on a screen, only to have it wiped out by offsetting personal fouls. On third and 15 from the 43, Teal moved out of the pocket to find Austin Stickler down the sideline for 39 yards. Gillespie churned in from the 1 with 27.3 seconds left in the half and Teal's pass to Colin McEuen on the two-point conversion made it 20-7.

"The coaches did a great job preparing us all week for what they were going to throw at us," Teal said. "Our quarterback coach (Quinn Schaffer) did a great job telling me what to look for, check-wise. We definitely froze their linemen with the screen passes. We rep so much in the summer. I've been running the option since eighth grade. By now, it’s like automatic, second nature."

Teal made just one mistake on the night, getting picked off by Anthony Conroyd at the Munster 40 in the third. Seth Gutwein turned the mistake into a 39-yard scoring run a few plays later to get the Mustangs within 20-14.

After Needham was well short on a 42-yard field goal late in the third, Munster had the ball with a chance to go in front, but junior linebacker Dontae Rodriguez hit Gutwein for a five-yard loss and sacked Jumonville for another four yards on the next play to lead to a punt.

"I've got to hand it to the kids on defense," Peterson said. "We ended taking up a bend but don't break mentality. It was really a team effort."

Jon Horvath scored twice in the fourth quarter, from five and three yards, as Chesterton pulled away.

"Chesterton played with a lot of intensity, more intensity than us," Munster coach Leroy Marsh said, not using the three long bus rides in four days as an excuse. "Most of our problems were Munster problems. We played a lot of young kids and they sleep walked through the game. We had some injuries at key positions, so we had too many guys going both ways. We got tired and when you get tired bodies, you make mistakes."

The Trojans only have three days to prepare for the opening of Duneland Athletic Conference play Friday versus Michigan City (2-0) at Ames Field.

"We're excited," Teal said. "They're a good team, but we’ll be ready."

Chesterton 35, Munster 14



First Downs 12 16

Total Net Yards 197 323

Rushes-Yards 25-154 40-203

Passing 43 120

Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-8-1 7-17-1

Penalties-Yards 5-40 9-64

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0


Munster 7 0 7 0 -- 14

Chesterton 12 8 0 15 -- 35


M -- Zack Pickett 25 pass from Joe Jumonville (Matt Childs kick)

C -- Cole Teal 13 run (kick failed)

C -- Tyler Gillespie 1 run (pass failed)

C -- Gillespie 1 run (Colin McEuen pass from Teal)

M -- Seth Gutwein 39 run (Childs kick)

C -- Jon Horvath 5 run (Avery Beeks run)

C -- Horvath 3 run (Nate Needham kick)


Chesterton 27, SB St. Joseph’s 20

The CHS freshman football team defeated South Bend St. Joseph’s 27-20 Thursday evening.

During the opening drive, the Trojans marched down the field with a couple big runs by Rhett Rondinelli and Andrew Davison. Davison scored from 15 yards out and added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

As South Bend began their opening drive, Jonathan Andershock tipped a pass and Ben Staubus was there for the interception.

The Trojans again marched down the field and Valshawn Stewart ran the ball in from 16 yards out. The point after attempt failed making the score 14-0 Trojans.

The Trojans then held South Bend on the next possession making them punt the ball away. Darren Corzan took the punt 65 yards for the score only to have the TD called back due to a penalty.

During South Bend's next two drives they rallied back and tied the game 14-14 going into the half.

However, after the half The Trojans controlled the ball on the ground with Davison scoring on a 15-yard scamper and on a 5-yard touchdown run. The point after attempt by Matt Krugman was successful.

Defensively, the Trojan standouts were Andershock, Staubus, James VanDrie, Spencer Stachyra, Ryan Gurn and Stewart.



Posted 9/3/2013