Chesterton football coach Mark Peterson talked about Friday night after his
team’s 40-6 loss to Class 5A No. 2 Valparaiso.
“There were some
things we saw tonight we are excited about and some things we need to keep
working on,” Peterson said. “This was, by far, the best (defensive line)
that our (offensive line) has played against and they are going to learn a
lot from this film. We just didn’t execute some things upfront and that’s
where our growth and maturity with those guys will continue to get better.”
The Vikings opened
the scoring with a safety and then put the first of four touchdowns on the
board from running back Tommy Burbee for a 9-0 lead.
Valparaiso ran the
ball 56 times for 401 yards. Burbee finished with 225 yards on 24 carries.
Hayden Vinyard had 137 yards on 16 carries.
were on the field way too much,” Peterson said. “We couldn’t get off the
field a few times we needed to, and offensively, we didn’t give them much
rest. As much as they were on offense, they were going to score some
Chris Mullen found Bryce Pickering in the end zone in the third quarter from
17 yards away for Chesterton’s lone score. The two-point attempt failed.
Mullen finished the
night 13-of-26 through the air for 186 yards, but was sacked nine times.
“Tonight wasn’t on
Chris,” Peterson said. “It was on the pressure they put on and protecting
him. Chris made good decisions and we ran good routes. We just couldn’t get
the ball to them. We’re right there, now we just have to learn and keep
The Trojans return
to action Friday night at Portage. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“I love the heart
of our kids,” Peterson said. “We never stopped playing and I know we’ll come
to practice on Monday and continue to get better and work hard to get ready
First Downs 25 6
Total Net Yards 452
Passing Yards 51
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Valparaiso 9 14 7
10 -- 40
Chesterton 0 0 6 0
V -- Safety
V -- Tommy Burbee
25 run (Elias Sewell kick)
V -- Burbee 8 run
V -- Burbee 1 run
C -- Bryce
Pickering 17 pass from Chris Mullen (run failed)
V -- Burbee 1 run
V -- Hayden Vinyard
2 run (Sewell kick)
V -- Sewell 30