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Trojan Football nabs 35-20 Homecoming victory over LaPorte

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton football team fell behind 13-7 through one quarter, but dominated the final three frames to pick up a 35-20 Homecoming victory over LaPorte on Friday night.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “Penalties are something we have to address more intently. We have to match our opponent’s level of intensity when we step on the field. This is the fourth time I don’t feel like we’ve done that.”

The Trojans opened the game with the football, but went three-and-out offensively. Nate Needham’s punt was fielded near midfield and fumbled. Andrew Fouts recovered for the Trojans.

Six plays later, including four carried from Avery Beeks, Beeks scored from three yards out for a 7-0 lead. Beeks finished the game with 137 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns.

“Avery has to continue to get touches for us,” Peterson said. “Whether its in the running game or throwing it to him, he’s a guy that has to get the ball. He keeps making plays for us.”

A pair of touchdowns by the Slicers made it 13-7 before Beeks scored on a 60-yard run for a 14-13 edge. The lead grew to 21-13 at the half as Tyler Gillespie scored from 18 yards away.

On the night, the Trojans racked up 272 yards rushing.

“We missed a couple of blocks up front, but I really like what we are doing,” Peterson said. “Teams have been taking away our perimeter game and tonight LaPorte loaded up inside. We got to the perimeter and made some nice runs.”

The lead grew to 28-13 when Colin McEuen ran the ball in from 15 yards out, but the Slicers countered with a seven-play drive that resulted in a touchdown pass to cut the lead to 28-20.

“I think our defensive coaching staff has made great in-game adjustments for us,” Peterson said. “I think those poor starts goes back to the intensity level that we aren’t coming out of the locker room with. We’ve been able to overcome those, but we have to get better.”

The Trojan offense put together an impressive 10-play drive and got all the way inside the Slicer 10-yard line before a fumble killed the drive.

LaPorte’s ensuing possession resulted in an interception by Andrew Ralph.

“Andrew (Ralph) was huge for us tonight,” Peterson said. “He came up and made some big plays in the running game in the third quarter and obviously had the interception there at the end.”

Four plays later, Beeks scored from five yards out to set the final score. Fouts intercepted the Slicers on the first play after the kickoff to slam the door.

“LaPorte is a good football team,” Peterson said. “Tonight we got some breaks and capitalized on them.”

Chesterton 35, LaPorte 20

AT CHESTERTON

L C

First Downs 11 15

Rushes-yards 30-167 43-272

Passing yards 87 101

Comp-Att-Int 11-18-2 6-10-0

Total Yards 254 373

Penalties-yards 2-15 4-45

Punts-avg. 3-26.7 3-21.7

Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-2

SCORING BY QUARTERS

LaPorte 13 0 0 7 -- 20

Chesterton 7 14 7 7 -- 35

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

C -- Avery Beeks 3 run (Nate Needham kick)

L -- Miguel Barron 27 run (Casey Cornett kick)

L -- Drake Sanders 1 run (kick failed)

C -- Beeks 60 run (Needham kick)

C -- Tyler Gillespie 18 run (Needham kick)

C -- Colin McEuen 15 run (Needham kick)

L -- Luc McCarty 11 pass from Eric Mazany (Cornett kick)

C -- Beeks 5 run (Needham kick)

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 28, LaPorte 14

The Chesterton junior varsity football team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 28-14 victory over LaPorte on Saturday.

The Trojans offense got two running touchdowns from Garrett Slatcoff. Greg Mochen also threw two TD passes to Brandon Herron and Jovon Davis.

Led by Dominic Raffin and Branden Delvalle, the Chesterton defense forced five turnovers.

Posted 9/16/2013