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Trojan Football falls in regular season finale

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By TR HARLAN

9 / 8 / 7   That’s not the way you want to count if the smallest number is points.

The Chesterton football team was called for nine penalties, turned the ball over eight times and scored just seven points as they dropped their regular season finale at Merrillville 31-7 on Friday night.

“We had way too many missed opportunities,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “Eight turnovers is at least seven missed chances. We overthrew some receivers. We dropped some balls.

“We’re at that point where we have to come out of this tailspin and find a way to give ourselves a chance to win a ballgame.”

Merrillville opened the game’s scoring with a three-yard touchdown run by DJ Wilkins, but the extra point try missed wide left.

The Trojans’ fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but an interception by Jaycee Jensen gave the ball back to CHS.

The offense then put together a 7-play, 50-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cole Teal as the second quarter began. Nate Needham’s extra point put the Trojans on top 7-6.

After trading punts, the Pirates took over with 4:53 on the clock and moved 40 yards on 10 plays before Bryant Isabell scored from three yards away. The two-point conversion failed and Merrillville led 12-7 at the break.

“Defensively, our kids really did a nice job,” Peterson said. “We sure didn’t help them out offensively by giving them a short field to defend. From that perspective, you have to be proud of the kids and the progression they’ve made from week one to now.”

The Trojans came out of the locker room and put together their best drive of the night with a 73-yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock, but Teal’s fumble at the Merrillville 1-yard line into the end zone was recovered by the Pirates.

“I think a lot of our turnovers are guys pressing to really make things happen,” Peterson said. “We’re almost trying too hard sometimes and [need to] just relax and take advantage of what’s given to us.”

After trading interceptions, Merrillville took advantage of another Trojan fumble and capitalized.

Isabel carried the ball in from 15 yards away for a 19-7 lead. A Trojan interception was followed by a 3-yard TD run by Tyrie Fuller.

Fuller also scored the game’s final touchdown on a 35-yard run to set the final score.

The Trojans amassed just 269 yards of offense (133 rushing, 136 passing) and turned the ball over on all six possessions in the second half (4 interceptions, 2 fumbles).

“We have to overcome some of this adversity and if we can do that I still think we have an opportunity to do some good things,” Peterson said. “I’ve got a great group of kids here.”

Chesterton will open IHSAA Sectional play on Friday night when they host the Valparaiso Vikings with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

“We have to focus this week on us,” Peterson said. “We need to worry about Chesterton Football and take care of the ball. Valpo will be ready and they’ll play well. We have to do that too.”

Merrillville 31, Chesterton 7

AT MERRILLVILLE

C M

First Downs 13 17

Rushes-yards 33-133 36-301

Passing yards 136 85

Comp-Att-Int 10-30-4 7-15-3

Total Yards 269 386

Penalties-yards 9-84 8-66

Punts-avg. 3-27.0 4-23.3

Fumbles-lost 4-4 2-1

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Chesterton 0 7 0 0 -- 7

Merrillville 6 6 7 12 -- 31

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

M -- DJ Wilkins 3 run (kick failed)

C -- Cole Teal 11 run (Nate Needham kick)

M -- Bryant Isabell 3 run (run failed)

M -- Bryant Isabell 15 run (Ernesto Lopez kick)

M -- Tyrie Fuller 3 run (kick blocked)

M -- Tyrie Fuller 35 run (kick failed)

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 24, Merrillville 18

The Chesterton junior varsity football team ended its season with a 24-18 victory over Merrillville on Saturday.

The Trojan offense got touchdown runs from Jovon Davis, Garrett Slatcoff and Greg Mochen, while also getting a TD pass from Mochen to Niles Dilosa.

The Chesterton defense had three fumble recoveries by Adrian Hoppenwrath, Tyler Smithson and Gavin Pursuhn and Antwaan Beeks blocked a punt.

The Trojans finished the season 4-4 overall.

 

 

Posted 10/21/2013