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Long Valpo TD dooms Chesterton Football

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton football team made a couple big mistakes and it cost them in dropping a 21-14 Duneland Athletic Conference decision to Valparaiso on Friday night.

“That one hurts bad,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “That’s a rough one to have fall that way.”

The Trojans started out hot with the defense recovering a fumble on the Vikings opening possession at their own 45.

Six plays later, Cole Teal carried the ball in from the one-yard line for the game’s opening touchdown. Nate Needham’s point-after-touchdown was good for a 7-0 lead.

Valparaiso responded with a long drive of its own as they went 78 yards in 11 plays to tie the score on a one-yard plunge by David Hittinger.

The teams traded possessions before Chesterton took over at its own 16 with 3:13 to play in the half.

The Trojans used eight plays, including runs of 16, 13 and 24 yards by Tyler Gillespie, to reach the Viking 5-yard line. A bungled mesh between Gillespie and Teal with 20.8 seconds left put the ball on the ground and the Vikings recovered.

“It was a midline read,” Peterson said. “I think we made the right decision, but it’s a long ride with the line splits that we have. Cole was trying to pull the ball and run off of him. That’s the nature of the game.

“In the first four weeks, we’ve really felt like we were automatic in the scoring zone. Tonight we couldn’t find a way to punch it in. We made some mistakes down there and we have to get better with it.”

Chesterton took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter as an eight-play, 89-yard drive finished with a 29-yard run from Teal. Needham’s PAT was good.

Again the Vikings responded as they put together a long drive that culminated in another Hittinger one-yard run to tie the score at 14-14 early in the final quarter.

“That was a prototypical Chesterton-Valpo football game,” Peterson said. “It was a great high school football game.”

Valpo forced a punt and immediately took the lead as Hittinger found Jack Andrie behind the Trojan defense for a 50-yard scoring strike and 21-14 lead.

“I don’t know what happened there,” Peterson said. “It was clearly a missed assignment. Hats off to Valpo. They had a chance to take advantage of something they saw and did.”

The Trojans mounted a drive that reached the Viking 25-yard line. But, following a holding penalty, Drake Barton stepped in front of a Teal pass for an interception.

“We can’t let this define us. It can’t derail the whole season,” Peterson said. “We’ve got to go back and address some things and get it figured out before Portage next Friday. We’ve still got four games left and the post-season to look forward too.”

Valparaiso 21, Chesterton 14

AT CHESTERTON

V C

First Downs 16 18

Rushes-yards 40-184 43-293

Passing yards 93 16

Comp-Att-Int 6-7-0 2-10-1

Total Yards 277 309

Penalties-yards 4-45 4-40

Punts-avg. 2-41.5 2-25.5

Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Valparaiso 7 0 0 14 -- 21

Chesterton 7 0 7 0 -- 14

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

C -- Cole Teal 1 run (Nate Needham kick)

V -- David Hittinger 1 run (Caleb Dawson kick)

C -- Teal 29 run (Needham kick)

V -- Hittinger 1 run (Dawson kick)

V -- Jack Andrie 50 pass from Hittinger (Dawson kick)

Junior Varsity

Valparaiso 10, Chesterton 7

The Valparaiso Vikings kicked a field goal as time expired on Saturday to beat the Chesterton junior varsity 10-7.

The defense played solid, led by Jack Davison, who had an interception in the end zone in the second half.

Offensively, the Trojans lone touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from Garrett Slatcoff to Logan Hofferth.

 

 

Posted 9/23/2013