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Turnovers doom CHS Football in Sectional opener

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By TR HARLAN

There were no words.

The Chesterton football team handed Warsaw a 26-16 Class 6A Sectional opening victory on Friday night.

“We beat ourselves tonight,” Chesterton football coach Mark Peterson stammered. “I’m dumbfounded.”

The Trojans defense dominated the first half as Warsaw didn’t get a first down and had -13 yards of offense at the break.

A snap over the punter’s head on the game’s first possession put Chesterton on top 2-0. The Trojans returned the favor on their first possession when a blocked punt went out of the end zone to tie the score at 2-2.

The Trojans finally put a drive together to begin the second quarter as Andrew Zimmerman found Jake Warren from 19 yards out for the game’s first score. It was the culmination of a 14-play, 80-yard drive.

“We got in a nice rhythm in the second quarter offensively,” Peterson said.

Warsaw fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Trojans needed just four plays to push the lead to 16-2. Zimmerman again found Warren from 14 yards away. Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown was good.

“All the momentum was there,” Peterson said. “It’s inexplicable what happened after that.”

The Trojans got the third quarter kickoff and immediately turned the ball over on a fumble. Chesterton would run eight plays in the third quarter and turn it over four times, including three fumbles and an interception.

The Trojans fumbled seven times and lost three, while also throwing three interceptions.

The four third quarter turnovers turned into 21 Warsaw points as Will McGarvey scored twice and quarterback Tristan Larsh scored once.

“You can’t keep putting your defense in short field situations like that,” Peterson said. “They were on the field the entire third quarter. That’s next to impossible to stop.”

Warsaw tried to keep Chesterton in the game with six fumbles (four lost) on the night, including their final three possessions.

“We had so many chances,” Peterson said.

The Trojans were inside the Warsaw 30-yard line three times in the final 5:00 and didn’t score. Twice they were inside the 15.

Chesterton outgained Warsaw 192-98 on the night.

The loss marked the end of the careers for the Trojans’ 23-man senior class.

“I’m really proud of this senior class,” Peterson said. “They’ve really hung together and done a good job of keeping us together with great leadership. Those guys were the reason why we won four games and were in three more.

“They are a great group of kids.”

Warsaw 26, Chesterton 16

AT WARSAW

C W

First Downs 9 8

Total Net Yards 192 98

Rushing Yards 86 86

Passing Yards 106 12

Comp.-Att.-Int 6-20-3 4-10-0

Penalties-Yards 7-59 6-58

Punts-Avg. 3-20.2 3-44.6

Fumbles-Lost 7-3 6-4

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Chesterton 2 14 0 0 -- 16

Warsaw 2 0 21 3 -- 26

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

C -  Safety

W -  Safety

C -  Jake Warren 19 pass from Andrew Zimmerman (Harley Lohmeyer kick)

C -  Warren 14 pass from Zimmerman (Lohmeyer kick)

W -  Tristan Larsh 2 run (Harrison Mevis kick)

W -  Will McGarvey 2 run (Mevis kick)

W -  McGarvey 7 run (Mevis kick)

W -  Mevis 22 field goal

 

Posted 10/30/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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