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Chesterton Football blows out Lake Central 38-0

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Bryce Pickering is starting to get a knack for making the hard plays look easy.

The Chesterton senior propelled the Trojans on Senior Night with an 80-yard touchdown reception after he caught a deflected pass in midair and raced into the end zone. Pickering added two more touchdowns as Chesterton rolled to a 38-0 win over Lake Central in Duneland Athletic Conference action.

Pickering’s circus catch marked the second straight week that he turned a deflected pass into six points. The senior has now scored five touchdowns in the last week.

“Making a play like that usually helps kickstart the momentum,” Pickering said.

Starting from his own 20 in a scoreless game midway through the second quarter, Chesterton quarterback Chris Mullen dropped back and fired a pass over the middle that Lake Central defender Jarred Ivey got a hand on. Pickering ripped the ball out of the sky and beat a pair of defensive backs down the field for the score. Pickering added a second touchdown moments later after Chesterton senior Ryan Klespies picked off Lake Central’s Mateo Cedano and ran the ball down to the 2-yard line. Pickering scored on the next play, giving Chesterton two straight one-play touchdown drives.

“Once we got started, everything just went from there,” Pickering said. “We kept making plays.”

Pickering’s younger brother, sophomore running back Ethan, added an 18-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to give the Trojans a 20-0 halftime lead. Chesterton honored its 2019 state champion gymnastics team at halftime as the gymnasts received their rings.

The Trojans (5-2, 3-2) kept their foot on the gas in the second half as Mullen connected with Ben Slatcoff on a 54-yard scoring strike. Pickering’s third touchdown of the game came five minutes later after senior Zachary Zimmerman picked off Cedano, one of five turnovers forced by Chesterton’s defense.

Seth Conway closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard field goal to give Chesterton its largest DAC shutout victory since beating Michigan City 55-0 on Aug. 31, 2012, the year before Mark Peterson took over the program. The Trojans beat Munster 40-0 earlier this season.

“We’ve got a great group of kids,” Peterson said. “This offseason we had a lot of soul searching to do. It started with our seniors. This group is very close knit and they want to play for each other.”

Mullen threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns while Pickering had 156 yards on seven catches. Klespies had two interceptions and the Trojans recovered two fumbles.

Chesterton 38, Lake Central 0



First downs 9 14

Total Yards 174 395

Rushes-Yards 33-146 13-124

Passing Yards 28 271

Comp-Att-Int 5-12-3 13-21-0

Fumbles Lost 2 0


Lake Central 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Chesterton 0 20 15 3 -- 38


C - Bryce Pickering 80 pass from Chris Mullen (kick failed)

C - Bryce Pickering 2 run (Jake Warren pass from Mullen)

C - Ethan Pickering 18 run (kick failed)

C - Ben Slatcoff 54 pass from Mullen (Slatcoff pass from Mullen)

C - Bryce Pickering 6 run (Seth Conway kick

C - Conway 30 FG


Posted 10/7/2019




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