Number five doesn’t
mind being number one.
Mullen is the Trojans fifth starting quarterback this season, but moved
right to the top of the list on Friday night.
football team got a field goal from senior Chris VanEekeren with 4.9 seconds
left to pick up a 17-14 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over the
“That’s a good
feeling right there,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “With a game that
was so tight, back and forth, I’m really proud of the kids. That was a great
A scoreless game
through one quarter, the Trojans got on the board first as Mullen found Ben
Slatcoff from eight yards out. It was the finish to a 5-play, 55-yard drive
that started with a reverse to Slatcoff for 35 yards.
“We did some things
throwing and running the ball tonight that just hadn’t clicked before now,”
Peterson said. “My hat’s off to Chris Mullen. He was nervous before the
game, but he really did a great job of making good decisions and throwing
the ball where it had to go. Great performance.”
12-of-23 through the air for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried
the ball nine times for 31 yards.
“We simplified some
things and he made some great decisions,” Peterson said. “With receivers
like Jake Warren and Ben Slatcoff, it makes it easy to get the ball to them
when you throw it like Chris does.”
After Crown Point
tied the game with 55.8 seconds left in the half, Mullen and the Trojans put
together 4-play, 71-yard drive that finished with a 23-yard TD pass to
Warren. The drive started with a 48-yard completion from Slatcoff to Warren.
“When they scored
right before halftime, we felt like we had to give ourselves a chance to at
least get a field goal,” Peterson said. “We haven’t run the reverse pass in
a few weeks and after we ran the reverse, Slatcoff came off the field and
asked about the pass. We had the opportunity and it worked.”
Crown Point scored
the game-tying touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, but
back-to-back late defensive stops inside the CP 25-yard line set the Trojan
offense up with one last shot.
Taking over with
1:59 to play at the CP 49, Mullen rushed for nine yards on first down. Four
handoffs to Tony Frencl later, the Trojans were on the 24 as VanEekeren
jogged onto the field.
41-yard field goal with 4.9 seconds left lifted the Trojans to their third
win of the season.
“He’s got a D1
caliber leg,” Peterson said. “Stepping in like that, under that pressure, to
win a game is great. That’s what we expect from him and it’s what he expects
from himself. No surprise at all.”
Crown Point’s hail
mary pass on the final play of the game was intercepted by JP Osafo, one of
three Trojan interceptions on the night.
“We know we’ve been
in a lot of games like this,” Peterson said. “We’re 3-4, but we could easily
have been 5-2.”
Crown Point 14
AT CROWN POINT
First Downs 14 13
Total Net Yards 341
Passing Yards 229
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 0 14 0 3
Crown Point 0 7 0 7
C -- Ben Slatcoff 8
pass from Chris Mullen (Chris VanEekeren kick)
CP -- Scott Mills 4
run (Jack Mumaugh kick)
C -- Jake Warren 23
pass from Mullen (VanEekeren kick)
CP -- Mills 1 run (Mumaugh
C -- VanEeekeren 41