In a season that’s
seen its fair share of close games, Chesterton has been able to breathe a
little easier over the past two weeks.
The Trojans posted
their second straight shutout in Duneland Athletic Conference play on
Friday, drubbing host Lake Central 42-0.
4-1) held Lake Central (1-6, 0-5) to only 138 yards of total offense after
holding Portage to 172 in last Saturday’s win.
“I think in both
instances we caught those teams on their heels and kept them there,”
Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “Any time you can keep an offense on
their heels and not let them get in a rhythm, it’ll be hard for them.
(Portage and Lake Central) moved the ball at different points, but we’ve had
that ‘bend but don’t break’ mentality.
“We did some really
nice things defensively (Friday) and got some early stops that we needed to
Chris Mullen continued his strong junior campaign throwing for 238 yards and
two scores, adding 32 yards on the ground.
really rose to the top, and was able to get some balls downfield and we saw
a great performance out of him (Friday),” Peterson said. “I think you’re
starting to see his maturity, even more so. I think he’s one of the best in
the state and I haven’t been quiet about that either.
“I have great
regard for Chris, but also for our offensive group as a whole. They’re
playing so well together and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Bullock was the go-to-guy for Mullen on Friday, snagging nine passes for a
season-high 160 yards. Bullock had a TD run from five and a TD catch from 17
in the Trojans’ 21-point second quarter.
added three grabs for 38 yards and Jackson Westmoreland caught two passes
for 30, including a 17-yard TD in the third. The Trojans totaled 356 yards
“We got (Colby) in
some space and with guys like that with good speed and great balance, once
you get them in space they can do some things after the catch and he showed
that,” Peterson said. “Mitch came up with a few nice catches, too. For us to
be able to move the ball with as much emphasis on run as there was pass,
that was really encouraging for us.”
Ethan Pickering had
a pair of touchdown runs (one and five yards) for his first scores of the
“We always wanna
share the wealth and last week, Ethan missed out on a TD after a long run
where Chris snaked it, but tonight it was kind of reversed where there was a
long pass then he got the touchdown,” Peterson said. “This group is awesome
because they don’t care about any of that stuff. It’s all ‘we’ and not ‘me’
and that’s been the really cool part about this team.”
The Trojan backups
also got in on the action with QB Levi Wheeling leading a TD drive capped by
a one-yard TD from Luke Stento.
“When you get
opportunities to score TDs with your back-ups in the game, ultimately, that
is encouraging for them,” Peterson said. “It’s not often some of those kids
get to play under the lights on Friday night, so in those instances, those
are really good experiences for them, too.”
look to push its win streak to three next Friday in a road game against
Chesterton 42, Lake
AT LAKE CENTRAL
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 7 21 7 7
Lake Central 0 0 0
0 -- 0
C -- Ethan
Pickering 1 run (Jackson Syren kick), 3:09
C -- Colby Bullock
5 run (Syren kick) 10:10
C -- Bullock 17
pass from Chris Mullen (Syren kick), 5:45
C -- Pickering 5
run (Syren kick), 1:34
C -- Jackson
Westmoreland 17 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 8:29
C -- Luke Stento 1
run (Kick good), 3:50
First Downs: 21 6
Passing Yards: 272
Total Yards: 356
CHESTERTON, Chris Mullen 7-32, Colby Bullock 2-19, Ethan Pickering 9-18,
Luke Stento 4-15. LAKE CENTRAL, Max Creasbaum 11-52, Xavier Williams 5-32,
Ben Bacso 7-18, Luke Neidy 3-17, Keon Harris 1-3, Tony Bartolomeo 1-0, Billy
Henry 1-(-2), Ace Henry 1-(-6).
CHESTERTON, Mullen 16-25-0-238, Levi Wheeling 3-3-0-34. LAKE CENTRAL, Neidy
CHESTERTON, Bullock 9-160, Mitch McElfresh 3-38, Jackson Westmoreland 2-30,
Bryce Thoma 2-23, Jude Mochen 1-11, Aidan Warner 1-11, Pickering 1-(-1).
LAKE CENTRAL, Harris 1-14, Bartolomeo 2-7, Diego Garcia 2-3.