football team finally finished one.
outlasted Merrillville and ended the regular season with a 14-7 Duneland
Athletic Conference victory on Friday night.
“This is a good one
for us to get,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We’ve been close four
or five times and haven’t gotten the win. All the could’ve, would’ve and
should’ve don’t mean anything if you don’t convert it into a win and tonight
we did that.”
Things didn’t look
good early as the Trojan offense was held to -4 total yards in the first
quarter and Merrillville’s Aahric Whitehead hit Amani Glass for a 57-yard
touchdown on the Pirates’ first play from scrimmage.
“We thought we had
a game plan that would work,” Peterson said. “They gave us some different
things than we anticipated and we had to make adjustments. We just went back
to the basics. We did more triple option stuff on offense and controlled the
things going in the second quarter offensively as they put together an
eight-play, 80-yard drive that Louie Razo finished with a 40-yard TD run.
Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown tied the game at 7-7 at halftime.
A wild third
quarter included the Trojans mounting a drive to the Pirate 24-yard line
before fumbling. One play later, Brett Roeske intercepted a pass to give the
ball back to Chesterton.
“We’ve had some
instances where we have a great drive and turned the ball over,” Peterson
said. “That was a weird group of plays that turned out in our favor. We got
some guys back tonight, especially Brett Roeske that really helped. That
gave us an opportunity to have a great performance on defense.”
The Trojans took
advantage with a seven-yard touchdown run from Cory Boren. Lohmeyer’s PAT
set the final score.
touch the ball offensively just one more time as they took over at their own
1-yard line with 11:23 to play in the game.
Behind runs from
Andrew Zimmerman, Louie Razo and a pass from Zimmerman to his brother Zach,
the Trojans moved the ball out of trouble.
“As soon as you
have success running the ball, it opens up some play-action things in the
passing game,” Peterson said. “Andrew threw some nice balls to the right
spot and we caught it. Zach (Zimmerman) filled in as tight end for us
tonight and did some wonderful things with some big catches.”
The Trojans would
get four first downs on the drive and then let Chris VanEekeren punt the
Pirates all the way back to their own 21-yard line.
“That was a huge
drive for us,” Peterson said. “It wasn’t a blistering drive for points, but
we were able to get out of a tough situation and punt it away. That shows
that we are capable of executing on offense and that’s something we’ve been
The Trojans open
post-season play a week from Friday when they travel to Warsaw to open
“Warsaw has had a
good season (5-4 overall),” Peterson said. “They do some nice things and
we’re going to have to raise our game.”
First Downs 14 16
Total Net Yards 229
Rushing Yards 130
Passing Yards 99
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 0 7 7 0
Merrillville 7 0 0
0 -- 7
M - Armani Glass 57
pass from Aahric Whitehead (Meagan Wise kick)
C - Louie Razo 40
run (Harley Lohmeyer kick)
C - Cory Boren 7
run (Lohmeyer kick)