The Chesterton football team dominated the first half, but couldn’t get
things going after halftime and dropped a 14-13 Duneland Athletic Conference
decision to Lake Central on Friday night.
“No moral victories for us,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said.
The Trojans took the opening kickoff and immediately marched 80 yards in 12
plays for the game’s opening score.
Fifty-one of those yards came on runs by Avery Beeks before Tyler Gillespie
carried the ball in from the one-yard line for six points. Nate Needham’s
point-after-touchdown was good for a 7-0 lead.
Beeks would rush for 56 yards on eight carries before leaving the game with
an undisclosed injury late in the second quarter.
“Avery left late in the first half with some injuries and he’s questionable
for next week,” Peterson said. “He certainly made some big plays for us
After forcing a pair of punts on LC’s first two possessions, the Trojan
defense handed the ball back to the offense at the Indians’ 36-yard line
late in the first quarter. LC managed just 59 yards of total offense before
“Defensively, the kids played as hard or harder than we’ve played all
season,” Peterson said. “We gave up a couple of plays late there, but
that’ll happen. Really proud of the way the guys played on defense tonight.”
The Trojan offense took just four plays to cover the field as a 12-yard pass
to Beeks from Cole Teal set up a 23-yard TD run by Jon Horvath. The PAT snap
went through the hands of holder Dominic Raffin and Needham’s desperation
pass was knocked away in the end zone as Chesterton led 13-0 at halftime.
Horvath gained 74 yards on eight carries as the Trojans rushed for 161 yards
on the night.
“Jon Horvath and Tyler Gillespie did some nice things for us in the running
game tonight,” Peterson said.
Lake Central took the second half opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 10
plays and took 5:36 off the clock before Brandon Scott took the ball in from
four yards away. Jillian Doan’s PAT cut the Chesterton lead to 13-7.
After a three-and-out for the Trojan offense, LC moved the ball down the
field to set up a 28-yard field goal by Doan that missed wide left.
“Offensively, we had a first half where we did some nice stuff,” Peterson
said. “Time of possession was certainly in our favor in the first half and
only had four possessions in the second half. After halftime, we didn’t
execute as well as we should have.
“I wish I had a couple of play calls back. That’s on me. I feel like there
were some things we could have taken advantage of and didn’t.”
The Trojans put a drive together that lasted 11 plays and moved all the way
to the LC 16-yard line. A 33 yard field goal by Needham missed wide right
and the Indians took over with 9:05 to play.
The teams traded three-and-out’s and LC took over at its own 27-yard line
with 6:09 to play. A third down and seven pass from quarterback Ethan Darter
to John Gbur for 35 yards put the ball at the CHS’ 40 yard line.
Two plays later, the duo hooked up from 18 yards out for a touchdown. Doan’s
PAT was good for a 14-13 lead.
Chesterton made one final drive as the Trojans moved down to the LC 39 yard
line, but an incomplete pass from Teal under pressure with 45.9 seconds left
closed out the game.
Lake Central 14, Chesterton 13
First Downs 10 15
Rushes-yards 29-173 41-161
Passing yards 56 60
Comp-Att-Int 5-13-1 8-20-0
Total Yards 229 221
Penalties-yards 4-26 6-34
Punts-avg. 3-38.3 4-34.3
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-1
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Lake Central 0 0 7 7 -- 14
Chesterton 7 6 0 0 -- 13
C -- Tyler Gillespie 1 run (Nate Needham kick)
C -- Jon Horvath 23 run (pass failed)
LC -- Brandon Scott 4 run (Jillian Doan kick)
LC -- John Gbur 18 pass from Ethan Darter (Doan kick)
Chesterton 14, Lake Central 6
The Chesterton junior varsity football team evened their record at 3-3 on
the year with a 14-6 win at Lake Central on Saturday.
With a muddy playing surface, the Trojans got rushing touchdowns from Niles
Dilosa and Jovon Davis.
The defense had a big day causing five turnovers. Interceptions came from
Jacob Chorba, Emery Turner and Chris Kaptur, while Andrew Fouts caused two
Danny Cutter recovered a fumble in the victory.