The Chesterton football team made a couple big mistakes and it cost them in
dropping a 21-14 Duneland Athletic Conference decision to Valparaiso on
“That one hurts bad,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “That’s a rough
one to have fall that way.”
The Trojans started out hot with the defense recovering a fumble on the
Vikings opening possession at their own 45.
Six plays later, Cole Teal carried the ball in from the one-yard line for
the game’s opening touchdown. Nate Needham’s point-after-touchdown was good
for a 7-0 lead.
Valparaiso responded with a long drive of its own as they went 78 yards in
11 plays to tie the score on a one-yard plunge by David Hittinger.
The teams traded possessions before Chesterton took over at its own 16 with
3:13 to play in the half.
The Trojans used eight plays, including runs of 16, 13 and 24 yards by Tyler
Gillespie, to reach the Viking 5-yard line. A bungled mesh between Gillespie
and Teal with 20.8 seconds left put the ball on the ground and the Vikings
“It was a midline read,” Peterson said. “I think we made the right decision,
but it’s a long ride with the line splits that we have. Cole was trying to
pull the ball and run off of him. That’s the nature of the game.
“In the first four weeks, we’ve really felt like we were automatic in the
scoring zone. Tonight we couldn’t find a way to punch it in. We made some
mistakes down there and we have to get better with it.”
Chesterton took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter as an eight-play, 89-yard
drive finished with a 29-yard run from Teal. Needham’s PAT was good.
Again the Vikings responded as they put together a long drive that
culminated in another Hittinger one-yard run to tie the score at 14-14 early
in the final quarter.
“That was a prototypical Chesterton-Valpo football game,” Peterson said. “It
was a great high school football game.”
Valpo forced a punt and immediately took the lead as Hittinger found Jack
Andrie behind the Trojan defense for a 50-yard scoring strike and 21-14
“I don’t know what happened there,” Peterson said. “It was clearly a missed
assignment. Hats off to Valpo. They had a chance to take advantage of
something they saw and did.”
The Trojans mounted a drive that reached the Viking 25-yard line. But,
following a holding penalty, Drake Barton stepped in front of a Teal pass
for an interception.
“We can’t let this define us. It can’t derail the whole season,” Peterson
said. “We’ve got to go back and address some things and get it figured out
before Portage next Friday. We’ve still got four games left and the
post-season to look forward too.”
Valparaiso 21, Chesterton 14
First Downs 16 18
Rushes-yards 40-184 43-293
Passing yards 93 16
Comp-Att-Int 6-7-0 2-10-1
Total Yards 277 309
Penalties-yards 4-45 4-40
Punts-avg. 2-41.5 2-25.5
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Valparaiso 7 0 0 14 -- 21
Chesterton 7 0 7 0 -- 14
C -- Cole Teal 1 run (Nate Needham kick)
V -- David Hittinger 1 run (Caleb Dawson kick)
C -- Teal 29 run (Needham kick)
V -- Hittinger 1 run (Dawson kick)
V -- Jack Andrie 50 pass from Hittinger (Dawson kick)
Valparaiso 10, Chesterton 7
The Valparaiso Vikings kicked a field goal as time expired on Saturday to
beat the Chesterton junior varsity 10-7.
The defense played solid, led by Jack Davison, who had an interception in
the end zone in the second half.
Offensively, the Trojans lone touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from Garrett
Slatcoff to Logan Hofferth.