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.”
2-1) stunned the home faithful early with Patrick McLaughlin intercepting
Valpo quarterback Logan Lockhart and returning it for the early score and a
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.
18-for-26 for 215 yards and two scores, also tossing a 45-yarder to Jackson
Westmoreland in the third quarter.
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).
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.”
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 7 7 7 0
Valparaiso 0 20 3 7
C -- Chase
McLaughlin 55 interception return (Jackson Syren kick), 2:04
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
V -- Shepherd 35
field goal, 4:44
C -- Jackson
Westmoreland 45 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 0:55
V -- Burbee 33 run
(Shepherd kick), 1:50
First Downs: 12 17
Passing Yards: 205
Total Yards: 227
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.
CHESTERTON, Mullen 18-26-1-205. VALPARAISO, Lockhart 3-6-1-48.
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.