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Late turnover and field goal doom Chesterton Football in season opener

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Growing pains.

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.

“Defensively, on 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.”

Chesterton’s Tyler 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.”

Slatcoff connected with Austin Stickler on the next play for 32 yards down to the St. Joe 20-yard line.

“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.

“Unfortunately, a 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.”

SB St. Joseph’s 3, Chesterton 0



First Downs 8 9

Rushes-yards 41-161 29-125

Passing yards 19 90

Comp-Att-Int 4-11-1 7-19-4

Total Yards 180 215

Penalties-yards 9-75 5-35

Punts-avg. 6-34.2 2-39.5

Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-0


SB St. Joseph’s 0 0 0 3 -- 3

Chesterton 0 0 0 0 -- 0


SBSJ - Zach Credi 19 FG



Posted 8/25/2014