The lightning, thankfully, was finally gone, but the Chesterton running game
provided some thunder of its own Monday against travel-weary Munster.
The Trojans rushed for 203 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 35-14
victory over the Mustangs.
"They call themselves the 'hogs' and we got on their back," Chesterton
quarterback Cole Teal said. "Four of the five are back and they do a great
Teal, who also threw for 120 yards, rushed for 70 while Tyler Gillespie
rambled for 90 on just carries. His 30-yarder in the fourth quarter was one
for the highlight tapes with the Trojans junior taking all 11 Mustangs for a
ride toward the end of the run. Avery Beeks was checked on the ground, but
caught three passes for 45 yards and was explosive on kickoff returns.
"Tyler ran extremely hard," coach Mark Peterson said. "Avery did a
phenomenal job on kick returns. Cole had great tempo. He's a knowledgeable
kid. He knows what we're trying to accomplish offensively. He checked off
four, five times and called the play himself. He had a great night,
controlling the game. I can't say enough good things about the offensive
line. We talked about them being able to carry us and they stepped up. We
sure as heck weren't perfect on offense, but I was happy we were able to
overcome adversity with penalties."
Chesterton (1-1) may have had some postponement anxiety in the first half,
when it was tagged for six procedure infractions. It incurred nine flags in
all with a couple others declined.
"Waiting in the meeting room (Friday), then spending three hours in the
cafeteria Saturday, everybody was amped up and ready to play," Teal said.
The mistakes stymied the Trojans' first drive and Munster jumped in front on
a 25-yard pass from Joe Jumonville to Zack Pickett. Chesterton answered with
a 13-yard Teal scramble to cap a 62-yard march. Nate Needham missed the
extra point, leaving the score at 7-6, but Andrew Ralph recovered his pooch
kickoff at the Mustangs’ 27. Teal's 17-yard connection with Steffan Dienes
got the Trojans to the 10 and Gilespie powered in from the 1 after two Teal
runs for a 12-7 Chesterton lead.
Munster (1-1) was positioned to go back in front, driving to the brink of
the red zone, but Jumonville underthrew a receiver under duress and was
picked off by Jordan Dilosa at the 8. The Trojans responded with a 92-yard
march that actually went 96 after another false start. They got out of jail
with a 24-yard screen to Beeks on third and 5 at the 13. One play later,
Beeks weaved his way 63 yards on a screen, only to have it wiped out by
offsetting personal fouls. On third and 15 from the 43, Teal moved out of
the pocket to find Austin Stickler down the sideline for 39 yards. Gillespie
churned in from the 1 with 27.3 seconds left in the half and Teal's pass to
Colin McEuen on the two-point conversion made it 20-7.
"The coaches did a great job preparing us all week for what they were going
to throw at us," Teal said. "Our quarterback coach (Quinn Schaffer) did a
great job telling me what to look for, check-wise. We definitely froze their
linemen with the screen passes. We rep so much in the summer. I've been
running the option since eighth grade. By now, it’s like automatic, second
Teal made just one mistake on the night, getting picked off by Anthony
Conroyd at the Munster 40 in the third. Seth Gutwein turned the mistake into
a 39-yard scoring run a few plays later to get the Mustangs within 20-14.
After Needham was well short on a 42-yard field goal late in the third,
Munster had the ball with a chance to go in front, but junior linebacker
Dontae Rodriguez hit Gutwein for a five-yard loss and sacked Jumonville for
another four yards on the next play to lead to a punt.
"I've got to hand it to the kids on defense," Peterson said. "We ended
taking up a bend but don't break mentality. It was really a team effort."
Jon Horvath scored twice in the fourth quarter, from five and three yards,
as Chesterton pulled away.
"Chesterton played with a lot of intensity, more intensity than us," Munster
coach Leroy Marsh said, not using the three long bus rides in four days as
an excuse. "Most of our problems were Munster problems. We played a lot of
young kids and they sleep walked through the game. We had some injuries at
key positions, so we had too many guys going both ways. We got tired and
when you get tired bodies, you make mistakes."
The Trojans only have three days to prepare for the opening of Duneland
Athletic Conference play Friday versus Michigan City (2-0) at Ames Field.
"We're excited," Teal said. "They're a good team, but we’ll be ready."
Chesterton 35, Munster 14
First Downs 12 16
Total Net Yards 197 323
Rushes-Yards 25-154 40-203
Passing 43 120
Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-8-1 7-17-1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 9-64
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Munster 7 0 7 0 -- 14
Chesterton 12 8 0 15 -- 35
M -- Zack Pickett 25 pass from Joe Jumonville (Matt Childs kick)
C -- Cole Teal 13 run (kick failed)
C -- Tyler Gillespie 1 run (pass failed)
C -- Gillespie 1 run (Colin McEuen pass from Teal)
M -- Seth Gutwein 39 run (Childs kick)
C -- Jon Horvath 5 run (Avery Beeks run)
C -- Horvath 3 run (Nate Needham kick)
Chesterton 27, SB St. Joseph’s 20
The CHS freshman football team defeated South Bend St. Joseph’s 27-20
During the opening drive, the Trojans marched down the field with a couple
big runs by Rhett Rondinelli and Andrew Davison. Davison scored from 15
yards out and added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
As South Bend began their opening drive, Jonathan Andershock tipped a pass
and Ben Staubus was there for the interception.
The Trojans again marched down the field and Valshawn Stewart ran the ball
in from 16 yards out. The point after attempt failed making the score 14-0
The Trojans then held South Bend on the next possession making them punt the
ball away. Darren Corzan took the punt 65 yards for the score only to have
the TD called back due to a penalty.
During South Bend's next two drives they rallied back and tied the game
14-14 going into the half.
However, after the half The Trojans controlled the ball on the ground with
Davison scoring on a 15-yard scamper and on a 5-yard touchdown run. The
point after attempt by Matt Krugman was successful.
Defensively, the Trojan standouts were Andershock, Staubus, James VanDrie,
Spencer Stachyra, Ryan Gurn and Stewart.