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Trojan Football falls 30-21 at Valpo

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Sitting at .500 through its four games after a 0-2 start, Friday’s game at Class 5A No. 2 Valparaiso was sure to provide more of a litmus test for Chesterton and coach Mark Peterson.

While the Trojans jumped out to a 14-3 lead, it was 20-unanswered second quarter points by the Vikings that proved to be enough in their 30-21 win in DAC rivalry action.

“I don’t know if validation is the word, but it gives us a little more perspective of where I felt like we were at, even though we were 0-2 to start,” Peterson said. “I like where we’re going and from that perspective, we still got a lot of good teams ahead of us. We’re gonna refocus and get ready for homecoming (next week) against Portage.”

Chesterton (2-3, 2-1) stunned the home faithful early with Patrick McLaughlin intercepting Valpo quarterback Logan Lockhart and returning it for the early score and a 7-0 lead.

The explosive plays kept coming for the Trojans. Following a 33-yard field goal by Liam Shepherd, the Trojans only needed one play to find the endzone again as Chris Mullen hit a wide-open Colby Bullock in stride for a 71-yard TD.

Bullock had 10 catches for 102 yards, catching several quick-hitters from Mullen to avoid pressure from a defensive line that has Indiana commit Cooper Jones, 6-foot-6 Mason Jones, and Dylan Dingman.

Mullen was 18-for-26 for 215 yards and two scores, also tossing a 45-yarder to Jackson Westmoreland in the third quarter.

“He’s exceptional,” Peterson said of Mullen. “He’s done some things all season long that have continued to amaze me. We found some weaknesses and we had time up front when it was just them bringing four lineman on our five guys, they maybe didn’t give us as quick a rush as other situations.

“Colby’s been a workhorse and continues to get better. As we move forward he’ll be a key component of our package, because he does some really good stuff and we gotta continue to capitalize on that.”

Trailing 23-21 in the fourth, Chesterton had two chances to take the lead but would see both come to a halt with one drive ending in three straight sacks and the last in a strip-sack by Mason Jones. Four plays after the fumble, Tommy Burbee’s 44-yard score sealed the deal as Burbee totaled 305 yards and three TDs on the ground for Valparaiso (3-0, 2-0).

“Generally speaking, they’re the best we’ve seen so far, they play at a different speed,” Peterson said. “Mason does some things with all that length and Cooper is fantastic inside and you put those two together, that’s about 14 feet in wingspan. Later in a game like that, a player like Cooper is gonna play at another gear and he did and even when they brought four, he played at a whole different speed.

“When you take those kinds of things into consideration, it’s definitely not easy. They have speed on that defense and Mason gets in there quickly. That was the tale of the tape there.”

Valparaiso 30, Chesterton 21



Chesterton 7 7 7 0 -- 21

Valparaiso 0 20 3 7 -- 30


First Quarter

C -- Chase McLaughlin 55 interception return (Jackson Syren kick), 2:04

Second Quarter

V -- Liam Shepherd 33 field goal, 11:18

C -- Colby Bullock 71 pass from Chris Mullen (Syren kick), 11:02

V -- Tommy Burbee 1 run (Shepherd kick), 5:44

V -- Burbee 46 run (Shepherd kick), 4:30

V -- Shepherd 22 field goal, 0:00

Third Quarter

V -- Shepherd 35 field goal, 4:44

C -- Jackson Westmoreland 45 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 0:55

Fourth Quarter

V -- Burbee 33 run (Shepherd kick), 1:50



First Downs: 12 17

Rushes-Yards: 16-22 53-379

Passing: 18-26-1 3-6-1

Passing Yards: 205 48

Total Yards: 227 427

Penalties-Yards: 6-55 8-58

Fumbles-Lost: 1-1 1-0


RUSHING -- CHESTERTON, Ethan Pickering 4-16, Chris Mullen 11-4, Ethan Troy 1-2. VALPARAISO, Tommy Burbee 38-305, Hayden Vinyard 8-41, Logan Lockhart 5-24, Colin Kwiatkowski 1-6, Rowland Sorrick 1-3.

PASSING -- CHESTERTON, Mullen 18-26-1-205. VALPARAISO, Lockhart 3-6-1-48.

RECEIVING -- CHESTERTON, Colby Bullock 10-102, Jackson Westmoreland 4-51, Mitch McElfresh 2-38, Jude Mochen 2-14. VALPARAISO, Grant Comstock 1-28, Blake Worthington 1-11, Ricky Hall Jr. 1-9.



Posted 9/21/2020




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