That might be the
takeaway from Friday night’s opening game 3-0 loss to South Bend St.
Joseph’s for the Chesterton football team.
The Trojans took
over the football on their own 25-yard line with 2:48 to play in a scoreless
game, but St. Joe’s John Deahl stepped in front of a pass from Garritt
Slatcoff and returned the ball to the Trojan four with 1:50 left.
As they had all
night, the Chesterton defense held the Indians out of the end zone, but Zach
Credi’s 19-yard field goal put St. Joe on top 3-0.
tape, we knew St. Joe could do some good things,” Chesterton coach Mark
Peterson said after his club allowed just 180 yards of total offense to the
Indians. “I knew it would be a test for us on defense and our guys did a
great job of really rising to the occasion. You can’t ask for more than we
got from them tonight.”
Gillespie fielded the ensuing kickoff and returned it all the way out to the
Trojan 48-yard line with just 7.6 second left.
“Huge return from
Tyler to set up with a chance to do something to tie the game,” Peterson
said. “A great, hard run. That’s the type of big play kid he is.”
with Austin Stickler on the next play for 32 yards down to the St. Joe
“We had repped the
pass play during the summer, but not much in practice,” Peterson said. “We
kind of redrew it up on the sideline and knew it would be there. We executed
and gave ourselves a chance.”
In high school
football, the clock stops on a first down until the first down chains reset
and then begins again when the ball is marked ready for play.
With 1.3 seconds
left, Peterson ran his field goal unit onto the field, but the clock expired
before they were able to get a kick off.
big learning opportunity there at the end,” Peterson said. “You hate to say
we’ll be better for it, but that’s something you kind of have to go through
to fully understand it.
“I think we went
business as usual and we didn’t have that kind of time. We got caught in it.
“This game didn’t
come down to that play. There were a number of misreads, missed blocks and
missed tackles that make that play not matter if we take care of them.”
The Trojans amassed
215 yards of total offense and had second half drives that ended with four
interceptions and a blocked field goal.
“We were in the red
zone three times and came away empty,” Peterson said. “We had a field goal
blocked. Those are missed opportunities that we have to capitalize on. I
feel like tonight we beat ourselves.”