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Trojan Football beats Crown Point 17-14

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Number five doesn’t mind being number one.

Freshman Chris Mullen is the Trojans fifth starting quarterback this season, but moved right to the top of the list on Friday night.

The Chesterton 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 Bulldogs.

“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 team performance.”

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.”

Mullen finished 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.

VanEekeren’s 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.”

Chesterton 17, Crown Point 14



First Downs 14 13

Total Net Yards 341 251

Rushes-Yards 27-112 30-181

Passing Yards 229 70

Comp.-Att-Int 13-23-0 8-19-3

Penalties-Yards 8-70 2-20

Punts-Avg. 5-32.0 5-37.8

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0


Chesterton 0 14 0 3 -- 17

Crown Point 0 7 0 7 -- 14


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 kick)

C -- VanEeekeren 41 FG


Posted 10/9/2018




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