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CHS Football rolls to win at LaPorte

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By CJ PETERS

A nine-play, game-opening drive resulting in a Chris Mullen touchdown pass to Jackson Westmoreland set the tone for Mullen and Chesterton on Friday night at LaPorte.

It was one of three passing TDs for Mullen, who also ran for three, as the Trojans scored 31 unanswered points over the second and third quarters in a 45-21 romp of the Slicers.

Mullen threw for 277 yards and had 12 carries for 88 yards, including a highlight 44-yard run that saw him evade four Slicer defenders in the backfield before racing up the middle.

“He was exceptional, no question about it,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “This game is what we’ve known about Chris. He had a couple games last year like this, some breakout games.

“His ceiling is unlimited right now. We still see Chris as being in the developmental stages too, so that’s exciting to see what he did, it really is.”

Westmoreland led the Trojans (2-2, 2-0 Duneland Athletic Conference) with five catches for 124 yards, scoring on the opening TD and on a 66-yard grab in the 21-point second quarter.

“Jackson played really well and Colby (Bullock) did some good things,” Peterson said. “Ethan Troy came over from the defense and helped us out (offensively). Across the board, all those guys were good.

“The guys up front don’t always get credit and (LaPorte) got some pressure, but they were bringing six and seven and we were only keeping five. That was when they gave us problems, but typically we were able to get rid of the ball and it wasn’t affecting us much.”

Bullock had six grabs for 115 yards and a 25-yard TD off a scramble play in the fourth. He ran for 46 yards on nine carries.

“If you’re gonna go throw the ball, you better be able to get yourself open in a scramble set,” Peterson said. “We work on that. That’s a situation where you certainly wanna be able to get the ball downfield, but if (Chris) is tucking and running, we’ve been turning and blocking.

“From that perspective, guys are clicking together really well. That’s gonna be key for us to win football games throughout the season.”

Mullen said the chemistry with his receivers has been a key factor in breaking big plays.

“When we couldn’t work on the physical part of things in the winter, we were working on the mental stuff,” Mullen said. “The receivers and I are all really tight. We almost know what we’re doing before it even happens.

“It’s just understanding what is happening each play, and that has been big. Stuff we’ve been working on in practice is working in the games, and that’s good to see.”

Collin Bergquist had 25 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Slicers (0-4, 0-2).

“LaPorte’s a solid football team and I don’t want that to get lost in the score,” Peterson said. “For us defensively, we’ll make adjustments and continue to do some things. Our youth on defense is continuing to grow and develop.”

Next up for Chesterton is a road game at Valparaiso.

Chesterton 45, LaPorte 21

AT LAPORTE

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Chesterton 14 21 3 7 -- 45

LaPorte 7 0 0 14 -- 21

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

First Quarter

C -- Jackson Westmoreland 8 pass from Chris Mullen (Jackson Syren kick), 9:36

LP -- Collin Bergquist 56 run (Jack Doty kick), 7:43

C -- Mullen 8 run (Syren kick), 4:24

Second Quarter

C -- Mullen 44 run (Syren kick), 10:43

C -- Mullen 2 run (Syren kick), 8:20

C -- Westmoreland 66 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 5:45

Third Quarter

C -- Syren 27 field goal, 6:24

Fourth Quarter

LP -- Bergquist 1 run (Doty kick), 11:44

C -- Colby Bullock 25 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 6:41

LP -- Jayden Parkes 80 pass from Jack McGuire (Doty kick), 6:31

TEAM STATISTICS

C L

First Downs: 20 13

Rushes-Yards: 31-171 42-192

Passing: 14-23-0 4-11-1

Passing Yards: 277 132

Total Yards: 448 324

Penalties-Yards: 7-66 3-28

Fumbles-Lost: 0-0 2-1

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- CHESTERTON, Chris Mullen 12-88, Colby Bullock 9-46, Bryce Thoma 3-17, Ethan Pickering 5-16, Ethan Troy 2-4. LAPORTE, Collin Bergquist 25-146, Jayden Parkes 9-45, Jeremiah Ruiz 2-2, RJ Anglin 4-1, Jamaal Salary 2-(-2).

PASSING -- CHESTERTON, Mullen 14-23-0-277. LAPORTE, Anglin 3-10-1-52, Jack McGuire 1-1-0-80.

RECEIVING -- CHESTERTON, Jackson Westmoreland 5-124, Bullock 6-115, Troy 2-30, Mitch McElfresh 1-8. LAPORTE, Parkes 2-82, Grant Ott-Large 1-40, Evan Cizewski 1-10.

 

 

Posted 9/14/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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