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CHS Football improves to 2-0 with 33-21 win

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By TR HARLAN

The play script put together during the week must be exceptional.

For the second straight week, the Chesterton football team marched right down the field for a touchdown on its first possession on its way to 2-0 on the year with a 33-21 victory over Munster on Friday night.

“Offensively, when we stay on schedule we are going to be fine,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “I can’t say enough about the guys up front. They are doing a phenomenal job as a whole. They are really playing well together and that’ll be a key for us all year.”

The Trojans marched 73 yards in 12 plays and took 6:46 off the clock before Andrew Zimmerman scored from eight yards away. Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown was good for a 7-0 lead.

The defense forced an immediate three and out and the offense responded with another impressive touchdown drive.

This time, the Trojans went 62 yards in nine plays in 4:35 to push the lead to 14-0. Anthony Frencl took it in from 11 yards out and Chris VanEekeren’s PAT was good.

Frencl rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns on the night.

“(Frencl) is a capable guy,” Peterson said. “He runs really hard and protects the ball.”

Chesterton would turn the ball over on its next two possessions allowing the Mustangs to score three times in the second quarter and take a 21-14 lead.

“We tried to make some things happen and they didn’t work,” Peterson said. “We put ourselves in a bad position for our defense and we can’t do that.”

The Trojans took over the ball with 1:55 to play at their own 20 yard line and matched 80 yards in eight plays mainly through the air for a tying touchdown.

Zimmerman completed 4-of-7 passes for 72 yards on the drive with Louie Razo catching two balls for 30 yards and Ben Slatcoff catching the other two for 42 yards.

“We felt like we’ve continued to work and get better through the air,” Peterson said. “We want to put our kids in the best position to win football games. We had a chance in a two-minute setting to throw the ball and executed. That’s exciting.”

The game changed early in the fourth quarter when Brayden Corzan blocked a Munster punt and Kody Wilkerson recovered at the Mustang 4-yard line.

Four plays later, Razo found the end zone from six yards away, but VanEekeren’s PAT kick missed wide left.

Another three-and-out forced by the defense gave the Trojans the ball with 7:39 to play on the Mustang 43-yard line.

Six minutes later, Razo capped off a 10-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead to 33-21 after a failed two-point conversion.

Razo finished with 88 yards on 19 carries and two scores.

“Munster played a good game on defense,” Peterson said. “They focused on taking the ball out of Louie’s (Razo) hands. We were fortunate to get him to the perimeter and get him loose a few times.”

One last stop by the defense, set the final score.

“The defense did a great job in the second half,” Peterson said. “Our defensive staff made some nice adjustments and the kids continued to play really hard. They have great heart and determination.”

Chesterton returns to the field on Friday night when they travel to Michigan City for the Duneland Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Chesterton 33, Munster 21

AT CHESTERTON

M C

First Downs 14 17

Total Net Yards 211 318

Rushes-Yards 136 213

Passing-Yards 75 105

Comp.-Att.-Int. 5-12-0 7-12-1

Penalties-Yards 2-25 6-51

Punts-Avg. 3-15.0 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Munster 0 21 0 0 -- 21

Chesterton 7 14 0 12 -- 33

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

C - Andrew Zimmerman 8 run (Harley Lohmeyer kick)

C - Anthony Frencl 11 run (Chris VanEekeren kick)

M - Vince Bravo 1 run (Vince Ivetich kick)

M - Reheem Butler 5 run (Ivetich kick)

M - Bravo 8 run (Ivetich kick)

C - Frencl 8 run (Lohmeyer kick)

C - Louie Razo 6 run (kick failed)

C - Razo 7 run (pass failed)

 

Posted 8/28/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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