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Trojans shake off slow start, beat Portage 26-7

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Stripping away the strategy or the depth chart, the talent or the heart, football comes down to one simple truth: sometimes a team will make a play and sometimes they won’t.

Chesterton struggled to make plays against Portage on Saturday morning. The Trojans were slowed by missed passes and dropped interceptions until the second half began, when suddenly nothing could go wrong. Chesterton scored 26 unanswered points to knock off the Indians 26-7 and spoil Portage’s homecoming. Ę

Chris Mullen threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the second half.

“We felt that we missed some opportunities there in the first half,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “It was an odd game. We came here last night, waited around an hour until it was postponed. We came back early in the morning and struggled to get started. Then we had a great response in the second half.”

The Trojans (4-2, 2-2) gave up a touchdown on Portage’s first drive of the game and then failed to score over the next two quarters. Chesterton came up empty on fourth down on three straight occasions in the second quarter, getting stopped deep in Portage territory on all three drives.

“We came back in the locker room and we refocused,” Chesterton senior Bryce Pickering said. “Coach Peterson and Coach (John) Snyder put some plays up on the white board and we talked it out.”

Everything that didn’t work in the first half suddenly clicked in the second half. Mullen hit Jake Warren for a 68-yard touchdown on the second play of the third quarter and the two came right back and scored again following a Ben Slatcoff interception of Portage quarterback Zack Warchus.

Mullen wasn’t finished, as he threw two more touchdowns to Pickering. The first came on a 35-yard strike that bounced high in the air off a Portage defender, allowing Pickering to grab the ball and weave his way into the end zone. Pickering’s second touchdown came on the first play of the fourth quarter when he broke a handful of tackles on a 22-yard reception.

“We were looking for a quick hitter, maybe three or four yards and then I just made some dudes miss,” Pickering said with a smile.

Pickering finished with four catches for 80 yards while Warren added three catches for 77 yards. Slatcoff caught a 40-yard pass early in the game and then added two interceptions in the second half.

“This was a good win for us,” Peterson said. “There have been times in years past where we haven’t been able to come back (from halftime) and turn things around.”

Chesterton 26, Portage 7



First downs 14 15

Total Net Yards 327 289

Rushes-Yards 28-99 26-141

Passing Yards 228 148

Comp.-Att.-Int. 11-28-0 14-27-3

Fumbles Lost 1 2


Chesterton 0 0 19 7 -- 26

Portage 7 0 0 0 -- 7


P - Kody Taylor 15 pass from Zack Warchus (Miguel Verduzco kick)

C - Jake Warren 68 pass from Chris Mullen (Jackson Syren kick)

C - Warren 1 pass from Mullen (kick failed)

C - Bryce Pickering 35 pass from Mullen (pass failed)

C - Bryce Pickering 22 pass from Mullen (Syren kick)


Posted 9/30/2019




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