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CHS Football falls 28-16 in regular season finale

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The Chesterton football team grabbed momentum, but couldn’t keep it, and dropped its regular season finale 28-16 to Merrillville on Friday night.

“Missed 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.”

Merrillville grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, but the Trojans would lead 9-7 at the half.

After Chesterton 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 to play.

“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.”

Merrillville put 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 playoffs.”

Chesterton gained 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.

Merrillville 28, Chesterton 16



First Downs 20 7

Total Net Yards 312 100

Rushes-Yards 59-283 17-12

Passing Yards 29 88

Comp.-Att-Int 4-15-1 6-26-3

Penalties-Yards 8-84 6-30

Punts-Avg. 3-41.3 6-39.2

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1


Merrillville 0 7 14 7 -- 28

Chesterton 0 9 0 7 -- 16


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 kick)

M - Marc Guerrero fumble recovery (Pupek kick)

C - Bryce Norton 17 pass from Mullen (VanEekeren kick)

M - Peter Rodriguez 30 run (Pupek kick)



Posted 10/15/2018




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