The Chesterton Trojans found enough answers and gave themselves a chance,
but couldn’t finish things off in dropping a 22-17 decision at South Bend
St. Joseph’s on Friday night.
“I think one slipped away,” first-year head coach Mark Peterson said.
“Actually, I don’t know if it slipped away or if we had enough foul ups and
miscues to lose.”
The Trojans took a 17-16 lead thanks to a 10-play, 80-yard drive late in the
“Offensively, we had a good mix of running and throwing tonight,” Peterson
said. “When we can throw with efficiency and do the things we can do
running, we’ve got a chance to be pretty good offensively.”
Tyler Gillespie started the drive with a 15-yard run and quarterback Cole
Teal connected with Avery Beeks for 17 yards to get things going.
Gillespie ripped off runs of 13 and 22 yards to get the Trojans down to the
SBSJ 19-yard line.
“In a perfect world, we score with one second left,” Peterson said. “We had
some big plays and wanted to stay at a little faster pace. The last three
plays, we were trying to take a deep breath and relax. We went a little too
fast down the stretch and just left them a little too much time.”
Teal found Colin McEuen on third-and-four for 10 yards to put the ball at
the 3. Two plays later, Teal carried the ball into the end zone.
“It was Cole’s first start and he played great,” Peterson said. “He made a
big check off call on the last drive, but he was amped up and ready to go.
It’s hard to turn that down and I don’t know if you want to.”
The Indians took over at their own 35-yard line with 1:45 to play.
Quarterback Matt Monserez used just three plays to get down to the
Chesterton 16-yard line.
“We had generated some success bringing pressure,” Peterson said. “They knew
we were going to come after them and threw the same screen pass three times
in a row. That show’s our youth. I hate to continue to talk about that, but
we didn’t retrace and get back into position.”
The Trojans would force a third-and-seven at the 13-yard line, but Monserez
found Jake Froelich over the middle to put the ball at the one. Monserez
scored on the next play with 29 seconds left.
SBSJ’s ensuing kickoff was a pop up down the sideline that they recovered to
end any chance of a Chesterton comeback.
“Obviously a very frustrating ending,” Peterson said. “When you have an
opportunity to score with limited time like that, you had a chance to win.
Until the last kickoff, we thought we still had a chance. We had a couple of
plays called we thought could get big chunks of yards.”
St. Joe jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first drive as they gobbled up 65
yards in just six plays at 2:01 of game time.
“I think early on our poor tackling can be attributed to first game jitters
and adrenalin,” Peterson said. “We talked about gearing down some and not
running past people and got better at that as the game went on.”
After the lead grew to 13-0, Teal found McEuen from 12 yards out and Nate
Needham’s extra point cut the lead to 13-7. Needham’s 31-yard field goal
late in the quarter made it 13-10.
St. Joe would kick a field goal with two seconds left to grab a 16-10
halftime lead and things stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter.
“The two possessions at the start of the half really hurt us,” Peterson
said. “We have to take care of little things, and if we do, we are really
Offensively, Teal was 14-for-22 through the air for 144 yards and a
touchdown. Beeks (69 yards) and McEuen (27 yards) each had four receptions.
On the ground, the Trojans gained 179 yards led by Gillespie with 100 yards
on 12 carries.
“Tyler really gets down hill and hit’s the hole hard,” Peterson said. “We
thought the way they were covering Avery (Beeks), he’d have some openings.
He really did a nice job for us.”
Defensively, the Trojans gave up 451 yards (282 passing, 169 rushing) of
total offense to the Indians.
“Defensively, we looked like 10 young kids and at times we looked like
mature defensive players,” Peterson said. “There were a lot of positive
things to build on.”
SB St. Joseph’s 22, Chesterton 17
AT SOUTH BEND
First Downs 19 21
Rushes-yards 37-179 29-169
Passing yards 144 282
Comp-Att-Int 14-22-0 19-29-0
Total Yards 323 451
Penalties-yards 4-25 3-30
Punts-avg. 3-36.0 3-29.3
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 0 10 0 7 -- 17
SB St. Joseph’s 7 9 0 6 -- 22
S -- Denton Gillis 24 pass from Mathew Monserez (Brendan Connelly kick)
S -- Eric Mossey 47 pass from Monserez (kick failed)
C -- Colin McEuen 12 pass from Cole Teal (Nate Needham kick)
C -- Needham 31 fg
S -- Connelly 19 fg
C -- Teal 1 run (Needham kick)
S -- Monserez 1 run (pass failed)