football team gave Class 5A No. 6 Michigan City all it could handle in the
Duneland Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Friday, but came up
short in a 21-7 loss.
“The thing I love
about this team is that they just keep fighting back,” Chesterton coach Mark
Peterson said. “We knew at halftime that we were right in it and would have
an opportunity. And we did.”
The Trojans trailed
just 7-0 at halftime as the Wolves got a 25-yard touchdown pass midway
through the second quarter to take the lead.
“We really thought
we could do some things in the passing game tonight,” Peterson said. “We’re
going to see on film that we did have those opportunities. The first two
weeks, we did. Tonight, we didn’t.”
Chesterton did open
the fourth quarter with a 5-play, 48-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7.
Chris Mullen found Bryce Pickering for 46 yards and Ryan Klespies picked up
the final yard and touchdown.
point-after-touchdown was good.
Mullen finished the
night 13-of-32 for 186 yards with Pickering catching four passes for 81
yards. Ben Slatcoff caught five passes for 67 yards.
The Wolves marched
down the field on a 7-play, 63-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead and added
another touchdown with 2:52 to play.
“Our defense rose
up again tonight,” Peterson said. “They kept getting us the ball back like
they’ve done all year. Offensively, we have to support them better on
night’s like this. They’re playing great.”
The Trojans were
sacked seven times on the night and turned the ball over three times.
“You take the good
with the bad when you throw the ball as much as we do,” Peterson said.
“There were a lot of good the first two weeks and not nearly enough tonight.
That’s part of the game.”
to the field on Friday night for Homecoming as they host LaPorte. Kickoff is
set for 7 p.m.
Michigan City 21,
AT MICHIGAN CITY
First Downs 6 14
Total Net Yards 164
Passing Yards 186
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 0 0 0 7
Michigan City 0 7 0
14 -- 21
MC -- Jonathon
Flemings 25 pass from Giovani Laurent (Nathan Stevenson kick)
C -- Ryan Klespies
1 run (Jackson Syren kick)
MC -- Fleming 26
run (Stevenson kick)
MC -- Michael
Bradford 1 run (Stevenson kick)