Chesterton’s opening kickoff rolled out of bounds to Portage on Friday
night, the power shut off at the high school and the surrounding area.
A hit-and-run crash
into a NIPSCO pole was deemed the problem and with power unable to return at
a reasonable time, the Duneland Athletic Conference game was moved to
Behind a methodical
offensive attack and its stout defense, Chesterton got back in the ‘W’
column with a 20-0 victory over Portage on Homecoming Night.
“I gotta give the
kids a ton of credit because they came back with great focus (Saturday),”
Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “It’s hard for both teams to come back
after a change like that. Both teams played well to start, but we got some
time of possession and that played in our favor.
“There were no real
changes without any snaps played Friday. The hay is in the barn at that
point in terms of changes and adjustments.”
Chris Mullen opened the scoring for Chesterton (3-3, 3-1) with a sneak from
a yard out to cap a nine-play drive. Mullen ran 12 times for 69 yards,
adding a five-yard score in the second.
Mullen threw for
104 yards and a TD, connecting with senior Mitch McElfresh in the third
quarter for a 16-yard TD.
All three scoring
drives were of at least seven plays.
“That was huge to
do, and the neat part about that was that we were doing it with mostly a
throwing attack,” Peterson said. “Chris has been exceptional and I’ve said
that 100 times and will say it 1,000 more. Mitch McElfresh stepped up
tonight and made some big catches for us.”
caught five passes for 41 yards, adding five carries for 32. Ethan Pickering
carried it 13 times for 67 yards.
“Colby was the
usual workhorse,” Peterson said. “The offensive line did some nice things as
well and there was good success there for those guys.”
Portage (2-4, 1-3)
was without starting quarterback Tylee Swopes who was held out as an injury
precaution. The Indians ran 35 times, for just 83 yards, and totaled 172.
pleased overall with the guys on defense,” Peterson said. “We were maybe a
little bit of ‘bend, don’t break’ mentality, but boy, they really rose to
the occasion when the down and distance really called for it.”
Gage DeMarco had a
fumble recovery for the Trojans, falling on a fumbled Portage snap late in
“We were preparing
all week on how to keep (Portage) contained and planned on doing that with (Swopes)
and he ended up not even playing, so we had to make a quick adjustment,”
DeMarco said. “We weren’t expecting him to be out, but we still had to be
able to adjust quickly and do our job. We were physical, tough, and we were
winning our one-on-ones and not getting held down.”
Up next for
Chesterton is a road game against Lake Central.
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Portage 0 0 0 0 --
Chesterton 7 6 7 0
C -- Chris Mullen 1
run (Jackson Syren kick), 5:32
C -- Mullen 3 run
(Kick failed), 6:04
C -- Mitch
McElfresh 16 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 10:00
First Downs: 10 17
Passing Yards: 89
Total Yards: 172
RUSHING -- PORTAGE,
Terrell Craft 14-41, Josh Bloom 15-21, Jermaine Mead Jr. 5-16, Jaivon Gordon
1-4, Devan Howard 1-1. CHESTERTON, Chris Mullen 12-69, Ethan Pickering
13-67, Colby Bullock 5-32, Ethan Troy 1-4.
PASSING -- PORTAGE,
Bloom 11-18-0-89. CHESTERTON, Mullen 10-22-0-104.
PORTAGE, Howard 5-47, Colton Wilkie 4-30, Mey-Sin Hollowell 1-7, Myles Sisco
1-5. CHESTERTON, Bullock 5-41, Mitch McElfresh 2-27, Jackson Westmoreland
1-23, Jude Mochen 1-9, Pickering 1-4.