Anthony Maceo is the real deal.
The Indians’ senior
quarterback rushed for 283 yards on 27 carries as he led his squad to a
31-21 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Chesterton Friday night.
“Maceo is the best
player in the Region, along with the kids down at Lowell,” Chesterton coach
Mark Peterson said. “He means everything to them. We had some opportunities
to get him and he got away. He did that on his own. He’s just fantastic.”
Maceo scored the
game’s first touchdown with a 38-yard run in the first quarter, but the
Trojans answered with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in Anthony
Fencl’s 1-yard plunge. Harley Lohmeyer’s point-after-touchdown was good to
tie the game at 7.
Maceo used his arm
for deep completions on the next two possessions and resulted in a 21-7 lead
for Portage at the break.
did some really nice stuff,” Peterson said. “We just missed a block in the
first half that would have been a touchdown. We missed some reads and some
routes too. We have to make those things happen.
and should’ve don’t win you games.”
Peterson rolled the
dice starting the second half with a pooch kick down the near sideline and
Griffin Nichols jumped on the loose ball.
“We were fantastic
on special teams tonight,” Peterson said.
Four plays later,
Louie Razo got loose from 27 yards away and scored to cut the lead to 21-14.
Razo finished with 52 yards on 11 carries.
with Maceo scoring his third touchdown of the night. A fourth quarter, field
goal for the Indians pushed the lead to 31-14.
responded with a five-play, 66-yard drive that finished with Andrew
Zimmerman hooking up with Razo for the final 13 yards.
“We were in this
game,” Peterson said. “We have to remain committed and disciplined in what
we’ve done the last couple of weeks. We’re a bounce away.”
An onside kick from
Chris VanEekeren was recovered by Jake Huber and the Trojans were in
business on the Portage side of the 50.
capitalize, the Trojans got another special team break as Braden Corzan
blocked a Portage punt, but a fumble was recovered by the Indians and
Chesterton never got the ball again.
“We have the best
punter/kickoff guy in the Region,” Peterson said. “He hit a great onside
kick and pooch kick to get us extra possessions. He bombed a 70+ yard punt.
We didn’t capitalize on any of them.”
The Trojans return
to the field on Friday night for their Homecoming Game against Lake Central.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“We should be
getting some people back from the injury bug in the next couple of weeks and
we’re realistically only a few plays away from being 4-1,” Peterson said.
“There is no let down or stopping from this point forward. We’ve got to
overcome some things and get it done.”
First Downs 8 19
Total Net Yards 197
Rushing Yards 133
Passing Yards 64 75
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 7 0 7 7
Portage 7 14 7 3 --
P - Anthony Maceo
38 run (Stephen Szakacs kick)
C - Anthony Frencl
1 run (Harley Lohmeyer kick)
P - Maceo 1 run (Szakacs
P - Angel Sanchez
39 pass from Maceo (Szakacs kick)
C - Louie Razo 26
run (Lohmeyer kick)
P - Maceo 14 run (Szakacs
P - Szakacs FG
C - Razo 13 pass
from Andrew Zimmerman (Lohmeyer kick)