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Trojan Football falls 28-10 in Duneland Conference opener

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If Chesterton coach Mark Peterson could’ve had his way, somehow the weather would’ve cooperated on Friday night and the Trojans would’ve been able to finish off their Duneland Athletic Conference opener against Michigan City.

Instead the Trojans were forced to abandon the field with a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter when lighting and rain ravaged the area. By the time the two teams returned to the field on Saturday afternoon, Michigan City shook off its early struggles and scored three unanswered touchdowns to knock off Chesterton 28-10.

“Mo (momentum) was hanging out in our end zone and we had it (on Friday night),” Peterson said. “Then we got back here today and our kids were out of rhythm. We didn’t execute very well on offense.”

The Trojans (1-2, 0-1 DAC) forced a turnover on Michigan City’s first play from scrimmage on Friday night and scored on a Chris VanEekeren 43-yard field goal four plays later to grab a 3-0 lead. After a Michigan City touchdown, Chesterton found an answer when Jacob Coslet hit Ben Slatcoff for a 37-yard gain and Ryan Klespies capped off a 9-play, 79-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

Chesterton had the ball near midfield midway through the second quarter when the first bolts of lightning registered. After a delay of nearly an hour, the game was postponed until Saturday afternoon. The Trojans looked to recapture the momentum when play resumed, but Coslet missed on a potential third-down conversion.

“We had an open receiver and we just missed him,” Peterson said. “Who knows what happens if we convert that. Maybe it changes the entire flow of the game.”

Nothing went Chesterton’s way on offense for the rest of the day as the Trojans crossed midfield just once. In what was a microcosm of their struggles, the Trojans promptly lost seven yards on their lone play in Michigan City territory.

“Those first two or three series were really a buzzkill,” Peterson said. “It was a struggle.”

The Wolves scored on their first possession on Saturday as quarterback Bryce Hayman connected with Zennon Wilhelm on a 36-yard scoring strike. Hayman finished the night with 165 passing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 51 rushing yards and touchdown on the ground. Demetrius Garrett led the Wolves with two receiving touchdowns, including an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that capped off the scoring for the night.

“We struggled to get anything going,” Peterson said. “When that happens and you have one play that turns into three and then three plays that turn into six and suddenly it’s six plays that decide the game.”

The Trojans will travel to LaPorte next Friday in search of their first DAC win.

“We lose a day of prep and that’s tough,” Peterson said. “That means we’ll be up a little bit later tonight looking at film. We’re certainly not going to be watching the Notre Dame game. Everyone works a little bit harder.”

Michigan City 28, Chesterton 10



First Downs 21 8

Total Net Yards 325 125

Rushes-Yards 29-160 33-51

Passing 164 74

Comp.-Att-Int 15-29-0 8-19-1

Penalties-Yards 7-60 7-66

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1


Michigan City 7 7 7 7 -- 28

Chesterton 10 0 0 0 -- 10


C -- Chris VanEekeren 43 FG

MC -- Demetrius Garrett Jr. 16 pass from Bryce Hayman (Riley Shreve kick)

C -- Ryan Klespies 5 run (VanEekeren kick)

MC -- Zennon Wilhelm 36 pass from Hayman (Shreve kick)

MC -- Hayman 3 run (Shreve kick)

MC -- Garrett Jr. 11 pass from Hayman (Shreve kick)



Posted 9/4/2018




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