football team grabbed momentum, but couldn’t keep it, and dropped its
regular season finale 28-16 to Merrillville on Friday night.
opportunities,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “When we look at some
of the opportunities we had, we’re excited about the things we can do. We
just have to finish those plays.”
grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, but the Trojans would lead
9-7 at the half.
punter Chris VanEekeren pinned the Pirates at the 1-yard line, Evan Bates
tackled Darius Schultz in the end zone for a safety.
The Trojans took
the ensuing free kick and went 43 yards in four plays climaxed by Chris
Mullen finding Sunny Chohan in the corner of the end zone. VanEekeren’s
point-after-touchdown was good.
“Chris (Mullen) did
a nice job tonight in recovery mode,” Peterson said. “We missed a few reads
and that’s going to happen with a freshman. So, there are still things we
can do to raise our play in our execution.”
The Trojans got the
ball first in the third quarter, but Kenneth Grant intercepted a screen pass
and returned it to the Chesterton 12-yard line. Five plays later, Schultz
scored his second touchdown for a 14-9 Pirate lead.
“On the screen, we
don’t get the ball to a spot and their big man makes a great play,” Peterson
said. “If we get it around him, it’s a huge play for us. They score and take
back the momentum and we had to fight uphill from there.”
The lead grew to
21-9 when Merrillville recovered a Trojan fumble in the end zone.
“When they are in
your backfield, it’s hard to run the option,” Peterson said.
The Trojans cut the
lead to 21-16 as Mullen found Bryce Norton for a 17-yard touchdown with 6:17
“We felt like there
were some things we could do in the passing game tonight,” Peterson said.
“We had a lot of opportunities, but we had about six drops that could’ve
kept drives going or put points on the board.”
the final touches on the win with a 30-yard run by Peter Rodriguez.
“We just have to
make the plays,” Peterson said. “We haven’t this year, especially on
offense. We’ve got two weeks to fix them and be ready to make a run in the
just 12 yards on the ground on 17 carries and totaled 100 yards of offense
in the game.
The Trojans return
to the field on Oct. 26 when they travel to Valparaiso to face the Vikings
in the IHSAA Sectional opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
First Downs 20 7
Total Net Yards 312
Passing Yards 29 88
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Merrillville 0 7 14
7 -- 28
Chesterton 0 9 0 7
M - Darius Schultz
1 run (Austin Pupek kick)
C - Safety
C - Sunny Chohan 2
pass from Chris Mullen (Chris VanEekeren kick)
M - Schultz 1 run (Pupek
M - Marc Guerrero
fumble recovery (Pupek kick)
C - Bryce Norton 17
pass from Mullen (VanEekeren kick)
M - Peter Rodriguez
30 run (Pupek kick)