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CHS Football scores twice at Griffith

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By TR HARLAN

Chesterton football coach Mark Peterson couldn’t have scripted a better start to the season.

The Trojans marched 65 yards in 11 plays to start Friday night’s scrimmage at Griffith resulting in a 5-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Andrew Zimmerman.

“That was a team effort,” Peterson said. “Louie (Razo) did some real nice things and Tony (Frencl) had a couple of good runs. Andrew (Zimmerman) took over that leadership role and the offensive line was good.

“They gave us some time to throw the ball and gave us some running lanes.”

The offense also scored during their third time on the field when Zimmerman scored from four yards out after a 31-yard completion to Gunner Burkhart.

“Andrew really stepped up and showed some poise that we hadn’t seen,” Peterson said. “He’s really maturing and developing and that’s really exciting for us to see.”

The Trojans rushed for 113 yards on 24 carries and were 4-of-11 through the air for 74 yards. Zimmerman carried the ball nine times for 48 yards and was 4-of-8 passing for 74 yards.

“We did some nice things up front,” Peterson said of his offensive line play. “We missed a few assignments, but those are things that can be corrected.”

The Trojans had a few other chances to score, but didn’t cash in.

“We have to make some things happen when we have the opportunity,” Peterson said. “We dropped a couple of touchdown passes. We can’t fumble in key situations. Those are things that we can control and have to sure up.

“When you miss those opportunities, they eventually catch up with you. We battled that last year. We have to continue to raise our expectation level.”

Defensively, the Trojans saw Griffith score five times.

“Defensively, there are some thing we have to sure up. We have to look at the film and make some personnel decisions. We had guys getting reps for the first time in a live setting and there were a lot of nerves.”

Griffith was 5-of-10 through the air for 152 yards that included completions of 62, 47, 19 and 20 yards. On the ground, the Panthers carried the ball 21 times for just 59 yards.

“We did some really great things on defense,” Peterson said. “The front seven did a real nice job against the run game tonight. We just need to get right in all areas.”

 

Posted 8/14/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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