By TR HARLAN
The Chesterton football team fell behind 13-7 through one
quarter, but dominated the final three frames to pick up a 35-20 Homecoming
victory over LaPorte on Friday night.
“We didn’t play as well as we could have,” Chesterton coach
Mark Peterson said. “Penalties are something we have to address more
intently. We have to match our opponent’s level of intensity when we step on
the field. This is the fourth time I don’t feel like we’ve done that.”
The Trojans opened the game with the football, but went
three-and-out offensively. Nate Needham’s punt was fielded near midfield and
fumbled. Andrew Fouts recovered for the Trojans.
Six plays later, including four carried from Avery Beeks,
Beeks scored from three yards out for a 7-0 lead. Beeks finished the game
with 137 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns.
“Avery has to continue to get touches for us,” Peterson said.
“Whether its in the running game or throwing it to him, he’s a guy that has
to get the ball. He keeps making plays for us.”
A pair of touchdowns by the Slicers made it 13-7 before Beeks
scored on a 60-yard run for a 14-13 edge. The lead grew to 21-13 at the half
as Tyler Gillespie scored from 18 yards away.
On the night, the Trojans racked up 272 yards rushing.
“We missed a couple of blocks up front, but I really like
what we are doing,” Peterson said. “Teams have been taking away our
perimeter game and tonight LaPorte loaded up inside. We got to the perimeter
and made some nice runs.”
The lead grew to 28-13 when Colin McEuen ran the ball in from
15 yards out, but the Slicers countered with a seven-play drive that
resulted in a touchdown pass to cut the lead to 28-20.
“I think our defensive coaching staff has made great in-game
adjustments for us,” Peterson said. “I think those poor starts goes back to
the intensity level that we aren’t coming out of the locker room with. We’ve
been able to overcome those, but we have to get better.”
The Trojan offense put together an impressive 10-play drive
and got all the way inside the Slicer 10-yard line before a fumble killed
LaPorte’s ensuing possession resulted in an interception by
“Andrew (Ralph) was huge for us tonight,” Peterson said. “He
came up and made some big plays in the running game in the third quarter and
obviously had the interception there at the end.”
Four plays later, Beeks scored from five yards out to set the
final score. Fouts intercepted the Slicers on the first play after the
kickoff to slam the door.
“LaPorte is a good football team,” Peterson said. “Tonight we
got some breaks and capitalized on them.”
Chesterton 35, LaPorte 20
First Downs 11 15
Rushes-yards 30-167 43-272
Passing yards 87 101
Comp-Att-Int 11-18-2 6-10-0
Total Yards 254 373
Penalties-yards 2-15 4-45
Punts-avg. 3-26.7 3-21.7
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-2
SCORING BY QUARTERS
LaPorte 13 0 0 7 -- 20
Chesterton 7 14 7 7 -- 35
C -- Avery Beeks 3 run (Nate Needham kick)
L -- Miguel Barron 27 run (Casey Cornett kick)
L -- Drake Sanders 1 run (kick failed)
C -- Beeks 60 run (Needham kick)
C -- Tyler Gillespie 18 run (Needham kick)
C -- Colin McEuen 15 run (Needham kick)
L -- Luc McCarty 11 pass from Eric Mazany (Cornett kick)
C -- Beeks 5 run (Needham kick)
Chesterton 28, LaPorte 14
The Chesterton junior varsity football team improved to 2-1
on the season with a 28-14 victory over LaPorte on Saturday.
The Trojans offense got two running touchdowns from Garrett
Slatcoff. Greg Mochen also threw two TD passes to Brandon Herron and Jovon
Led by Dominic Raffin and Branden Delvalle, the Chesterton
defense forced five turnovers.