Statistics don't always tell the story in a football game.
Friday at a rainy Freed Field, a few numbers spoke volumes.
Chesterton was challenged for every yard in the Class 6A Sectional 2
championship against No. 1 Penn, mustering 158 total on 51 snaps.
In turn, Kingsmen quarterback Zach Oakley racked up 213 yards on just seven
Put the two together, then throw in 10 Trojans penalties, and the 30-0
outcome was no surprise.
"Every time we'd mount an attack, move the ball, we'd get a penalty,"
Trojans coach Mark Peterson said. "That was the frustrating part. We've
beaten ourselves in too many situations throughout the season."
Chesterton (4-7) needed to be near perfect just to compete with the Kingsmen,
who recorded their sixth shutout of the season and shredded the Trojans with
"The tough part was we'd get three, four stops, then they'd hit one big
play," Peterson said. "That was a killer. (The defense) responded week in,
week out. We'd get two, three three-and-outs, then we'd give up a couple big
plays. We can't allow that to happen."
In each instance, Oakley, a Central Michigan recruit, was at the scene of
the crime. Penn struck first when receiver Nate Miller found space on an
Oakley swing pass and raced 56 yards. In the second quarter, Tyler Carpenter
wasn't accounted for coming out of the Penn backfield and all but walked in
with a 25-yard touchdown catch.
"Oakley's phenomenal," Peterson said. "He's D-I for a reason. He's a
difference maker. He's better in person than he is on tape."
Oakley sprinted 67 yards on the opening play from scrimmage in the second
half to make it 21-0. Later in the third, the 4.5 speedster broke off a
47-yard scroing dash to cap the scoring.
"The big thing we try to do is take advantage of what's there," Penn coach
Cory Yeoman said. "It's more about the flow of the game. It's different
things in different games. I thought 81 (Evan Gill) played a whale of game
(for Chesterton). He's a heck of a player."
In addition to his rushing yardage, Oakley threw for 111, 86 of those yards
and all but one of his seven completions going to Miller.
"Players like that make big plays in big games," Yeoman said of Oakley.
In between Oakley's scoring jaunts, Aaron Hancock tackled Colin McEuen in
the end zone for a safety.
Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Chesterton moved the ball from its own 7 to
the Penn 44, but was stymied by a holding penalty. It reached the Kingsmen 4
in the fourth quarter, only to have another flag contribute to its demise as
Penn stopped the Trojans on downs at the 8.
"They were pretty hungry," Yeoman said of his defense. "They like to keep
people off the board. That was a tough team that stretched them and
Cole Teal rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries, absorbing plenty of punishment
from the swarming Penn defense. He completed just five of 14 passes for 21
"Their linebackers were more aggressive than we saw on tape," Peterson said.
Penn (11-0) will face Lake Central in a regional Friday, while the Trojans
bow out of the postseason.
"I've got to hand it to the seniors," Peterson said. "They did a phenomenal
job buying in, getting on the bandwagon in the first year. They put
themselves in position to play for a sectional championship. I appreciate
that and love 'em to death. They're a great group of kids."