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CHS Football falls at Michigan City

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By TR HARLAN

A couple of key plays were the difference.

For the first time this year, those didn’t go the way of the Chesterton football team as they dropped their Duneland Athletic Conference opener 35-14 at Michigan City on Friday night.

“This was more of a 21-14 game,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “That score isn’t indicative of the game on the field tonight.”

After Michigan City built a 14-0 lead at halftime, the Trojans responded to start the third quarter with a seven-play, 74-yard drive that results in Andrew Zimmerman scoring from five yards away. Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown cut the lead to 14-7.

The Chesterton defense forced a quick three-and-out for the Wolves and Braden Corzan found his way around the edge to block a punt by City’s Michael McCullough.

Taking over on the Wolves’ 14-yard line, the Trojans missed a 32-yard field goal on fourth down that would have cut the lead to 14-10.

“That was tough. It was a turning point,” Peterson said. “Offensively, we’re not a young team anymore and we have to capitalize on those chances. We have to drive that ball in.”

Michigan City took just four plays to go 80 yards and push the lead to 21-7.

“Defensively, I thought we really stepped up after the first drive,” Peterson said. “We gave up some big plays, but that is going to happen against a team that athletic. Our kids really played hard. Can’t ask for much more than that.”

The Chesterton offense again answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in Zimmerman’s second touchdown run. Lohmeyer’s PAT cut the lead to 21-14.

“They were focused on Louie (Razo) and tried to take him out of the game,” Peterson said. “We tried to spread them out and find some running lanes. We just missed a couple of things. There was an opportunity and tonight, that was probably the worst we’ve played up front.”

City put together a drive, but a forced fumble recovered by Chesterton’s Noah Dujmovich put the offense back on the field.

The drive culminated in a fourth-and-one pass that just missed connecting with Razo and was intercepted by Royce Robinson.

“I don’t think there is a better play to call,” Peterson said. “They were playing soft and we just didn’t complete the pass. We complete that pass 9-out-of-10 times. We were right there all night.”

City immediately capitalized with a touchdown run and then got a pick six to set the final score.

“This one stings,” Peterson said. “We’ll refocus and have a great week of practice to get ready for a really good LaPorte team.”

The Trojans return to the field on Friday night when they host the LaPorte Slicers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Michigan City 35, Chesterton 14

AT MICHIGAN CITY

C MC

First Downs 9 14

Total Net Yards 222 378

Rushing Yards 188 249

Passing Yards 34 129

Comp.-Att.-Int. 2-7-1 7-16-0

Penalties-Yards 3-32 13-110

Punts-Avg. 2-55.0 5-37.8

Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-1

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Chesterton 0 0 7 7 -- 14

Michigan City 7 7 7 14 -- 35

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

MC - Kameron Muhammad 9 pass from Michael McCullough (Riley Shreve kick)

MC - Daelon Wren 1 run (Sherve kick)

C - Andrew Zimmerman 6 run (Harley Lohmeyer kick)

MC - McCullough 9 run (Shreve kick)

C - Zimmerman 1 run (Lohmeyer kick

MC - Wren 6 run (Shreve kick)

MC - Lyric McFarrin 45 INT return (Sheve kick)

 

 

Posted 9/5/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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