Just like old times.
After a waiting a month for a victory, the Chesterton football team looked
much more like the team that vaulted to the top of the Duneland Athletic
Conference standings than the one that ended the regular season losing four
The Trojans scored three first quarter touchdowns and advanced through the
first round of the IHSAA Sectional with a 28-7 win at Michigan City.
Chesterton will host Merrillville, a 30-24 winner over Lake Central, next
Friday night at 7 p.m.
“We’re excited to have a win,” Chesterton coach John Snyder said. “It’s been
a month. It’s been a long dry spell while we battled with illnesses and
injuries. We’ll see how we are coming out next week and give it another shot
After Joe Troop returned the opening kickoff to the Michigan City 44-yard
line, the Trojans took just three plays to take a 7-0 lead. After Zac Jenks
busted a 38-yard run, he finished the drive by going the final four yards
for a touchdown.
After a punt, Troop set the Trojans up at the City 17-yard line and this
time Chris Katsafaros scored from seven yards out for a 14-0 lead.
“We haven’t started very fast the last few games and we got off to one
tonight,” Snyder said. “Joe (Troop) came up with a couple big returns in
special teams and we got a couple of quick scores. That’s a great start for
us and that’s what you want at this time of year.
“That’s what we did early in the year and it was nice to see it again.”
The lead grew to 21-0 as Katsafaros engineered a three-play drive that ended
with the junior quarterback scampering 64 yards for a touchdown. Katsafaros
rushed for 134 yards on 13 carries.
“Chris did a nice job tonight,” Snyder said. “They tried to take the ball
out of his hands and he made some real nice reads to get the ball to some
other people. When it was right to keep it, he did.”
City tried to get back into the game with a 15-play drive that drove them
all the way to the Chesterton 23-yard line, but Wolves quarterback Joel
Hirsch threw a fade route into the end zone where AJ Snyder was waiting.
Later, Kyle Schmidt would intercept Hirsch in the end zone with just 1:22 to
play in the game.
“Michigan City has done a nice job of adding the passing game into the mix
and we had a couple of kids make some nice plays in the end zone to stop
drives,” Snyder said. “AJ and Kyle did a good job of positioning and
battling for the ball.”
The Wolves scored on a 15-yard run by Hirsch with just 2:42 left in the half
to cut the lead to 21-7, but it was the only score of the night for City.
“We had the nice goal-line stand defensively,” Snyder said. “We played hard
and physical and that was nice to see. We have to keep stepping up to meet
the level of the next opponent.”
The Trojans opened the third quarter on defense forcing a three-and-out and
promptly moved the ball 61 yards in 13 plays before Jenks pounded the ball
in from one yard out for a 28-7 lead.
“I thought Zac Jenks had a heckuva game,” Snyder said of Jenks 103-yard
effort on 17 carries. “That was a huge senior effort he made on a couple of
Michigan City 7
AT MICHIGAN CITY
First Downs 15 17
Rushes-yards 39-294 39-170
Passing yards 20 102
Comp-Att-Int 3-6-1 6-20-2
Total Yards 314 272
Penalties-yards 2-10 4-35
Punts-avg. 2-47.5 3-33.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Chesterton 21 0 7 0 -- 28
Michigan City 0 7 0 0 -- 7
C -- Zac Jenks 4 run (Kyle Schmidt kick)
C -- Chris Katsafaros 4 run (Schmidt kick)
C -- Katsafaros 64 run (Schmidt kick)
MC -- Joel Hirsch 15 run (Erik Stevenson kick)
C -- Jenks 1 run (Schmidt kick)