game-opening drive resulting in a Chris Mullen touchdown pass to Jackson
Westmoreland set the tone for Mullen and Chesterton on Friday night at
It was one of three
passing TDs for Mullen, who also ran for three, as the Trojans scored 31
unanswered points over the second and third quarters in a 45-21 romp of the
Mullen threw for
277 yards and had 12 carries for 88 yards, including a highlight 44-yard run
that saw him evade four Slicer defenders in the backfield before racing up
exceptional, no question about it,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said.
“This game is what we’ve known about Chris. He had a couple games last year
like this, some breakout games.
“His ceiling is
unlimited right now. We still see Chris as being in the developmental stages
too, so that’s exciting to see what he did, it really is.”
the Trojans (2-2, 2-0 Duneland Athletic Conference) with five catches for
124 yards, scoring on the opening TD and on a 66-yard grab in the 21-point
really well and Colby (Bullock) did some good things,” Peterson said. “Ethan
Troy came over from the defense and helped us out (offensively). Across the
board, all those guys were good.
“The guys up front
don’t always get credit and (LaPorte) got some pressure, but they were
bringing six and seven and we were only keeping five. That was when they
gave us problems, but typically we were able to get rid of the ball and it
wasn’t affecting us much.”
Bullock had six
grabs for 115 yards and a 25-yard TD off a scramble play in the fourth. He
ran for 46 yards on nine carries.
“If you’re gonna go
throw the ball, you better be able to get yourself open in a scramble set,”
Peterson said. “We work on that. That’s a situation where you certainly
wanna be able to get the ball downfield, but if (Chris) is tucking and
running, we’ve been turning and blocking.
perspective, guys are clicking together really well. That’s gonna be key for
us to win football games throughout the season.”
Mullen said the
chemistry with his receivers has been a key factor in breaking big plays.
“When we couldn’t
work on the physical part of things in the winter, we were working on the
mental stuff,” Mullen said. “The receivers and I are all really tight. We
almost know what we’re doing before it even happens.
understanding what is happening each play, and that has been big. Stuff
we’ve been working on in practice is working in the games, and that’s good
had 25 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Slicers (0-4, 0-2).
“LaPorte’s a solid
football team and I don’t want that to get lost in the score,” Peterson
said. “For us defensively, we’ll make adjustments and continue to do some
things. Our youth on defense is continuing to grow and develop.”
Next up for
Chesterton is a road game at Valparaiso.
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 14 21 3
7 -- 45
LaPorte 7 0 0 14 --
C -- Jackson
Westmoreland 8 pass from Chris Mullen (Jackson Syren kick), 9:36
LP -- Collin
Bergquist 56 run (Jack Doty kick), 7:43
C -- Mullen 8 run (Syren
C -- Mullen 44 run
(Syren kick), 10:43
C -- Mullen 2 run (Syren
C -- Westmoreland
66 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 5:45
C -- Syren 27 field
LP -- Bergquist 1
run (Doty kick), 11:44
C -- Colby Bullock
25 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 6:41
LP -- Jayden Parkes
80 pass from Jack McGuire (Doty kick), 6:31
First Downs: 20 13
Passing Yards: 277
Total Yards: 448
CHESTERTON, Chris Mullen 12-88, Colby Bullock 9-46, Bryce Thoma 3-17, Ethan
Pickering 5-16, Ethan Troy 2-4. LAPORTE, Collin Bergquist 25-146, Jayden
Parkes 9-45, Jeremiah Ruiz 2-2, RJ Anglin 4-1, Jamaal Salary 2-(-2).
CHESTERTON, Mullen 14-23-0-277. LAPORTE, Anglin 3-10-1-52, Jack McGuire
CHESTERTON, Jackson Westmoreland 5-124, Bullock 6-115, Troy 2-30, Mitch
McElfresh 1-8. LAPORTE, Parkes 2-82, Grant Ott-Large 1-40, Evan Cizewski