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Chesterton Football blows out Valparaiso 31-3 in Sectional opener

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By TR HARLAN

What a difference a week makes.

The Chesterton football team held onto the ball and dominated against archrival Valparaiso en route to a 31-3 Sectional opening victory on Friday night.

“That was a nice win for the kids,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “Just from the simple point of view that we kept control of the ball and gave ourselves a chance to run some plays and go down and score some points inside the red zone.

“To have an opportunity to beat a rival, and good football team in Valpo, and now have a chance to play for a Sectional Championship is certainly exciting.”

After a 50-yard completion off a deflected pass, the Vikings cracked the scoreboard first on a 22-yard field goal by Jared Smolar. They wouldn’t dent the scoreboard again as they gained just 234 yards of total offense on the night (112 passing, 122 rushing).

“We got some pressure in the quarterback’s face and changed the course of some throws,” Peterson said. “Our defense has been getting better and better and tonight I thought they were exceptional. We’re playing solid.”

The Trojans tied the game as the second quarter began on a Nate Needham 25-yard field goal and then the onslaught began.

The Chesterton defense forced a three-and-out and quarterback Cole Teal engineered a 10-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in a Teal one-yard TD plunge. Teal rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries.

“Cole threw the ball well and managed the game for us tonight,” Peterson said. “He’s continued to stay steady and do the right things. I didn’t think he pressed as much tonight and didn’t try to take the brunt of everything. He let the game come to him.”

Chesterton built on its 10-3 halftime lead with three touchdowns on four possessions in the second half, including two TD runs by Colin McEuen and one more by Teal.

McEuen scored on runs of 10 and 14 yards before finishing with 143 yards on 23 carries.

“Colin McEuen just did an awesome job for us tonight stepping into a starting role,” Peterson said. “He’s coming off a shoulder injury and just started practicing again this week.”

The Trojans will face off against Class 6A No. 1 Penn on Friday night in the Sectional Championship beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Chesterton time).

“Penn is a great ballclub and we’ve seen them on film from earlier season games against Valpo and Portage,” Peterson said. “Their program is fantastic and we’ll have to be at the top of our game.”

Chesterton 31, Valparaiso 3

AT CHESTERTON

V C

First Downs 11 18

Rushes-yards 27-122 50-297

Passing yards 112 19

Comp-Att-Int 7-22-1 2-7-1

Total Yards 234 316

Penalties-yards 7-70 6-35

Punts-avg. 3-29.3 1-9.0

Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Valparaiso 3 0 0 0 -- 3

Chesterton 0 10 7 14 -- 31

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

V -- Jared Smolar 22 fg

C -- Nate Needham 25 fg

C -- Cole Teal 8 run (Needham kick)

C -- Colin McEuen 14 run (Needham kick)

C -- Teal 1 run (Needham kick)

C -- McEuen 10 run (Needham kick)

 

 

Posted 10/28/2013