New season, new
football team never scored more than 27 points in a game last year, but
racked up 35 on Friday night as they opened the season with a 35-21 victory
“The kids played
really well,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “We did some things on
offense that probably caught Hobart by surprise. We have to execute and do
the things we want to do.”
The Trojan defense
forced a punt by Hobart on the game’s opening possession and a botched snap
put the Chesterton offense on the field at the Hobart 16-yard line.
Louie Razo carried
the ball on six consecutive plays, but Tony Frencl got the final yard on a
fourth down play for the opening touchdown. Chris VanEekeren’s extra point
made it 7-0.
“Louie’s been a guy
in the past that played on the perimeter,” Peterson said. “This year, he
toted the ball well for us in pre-season and we talked all week about
getting him the ball 15-20 times.”
The Trojans would
push the score to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter when Ryan
Klespies fumbled, but Razo picked it up and scampered 57 yards for the
touchdown. Harley Lohmeyer’s extra point kick was good.
“Louie had some
great runs and kudos to him for using all his talents to get free,” Peterson
said. “Louie has speed to burn and when he gets free, you don’t catch him.”
Razo carried the
ball 15 times for 252 yards as the Trojans ran for 269 yards on the night.
“Up front, we
really played well,” Peterson said. “Hats off to the offensive line for
really creating a lot of running lanes for us. I’m ecstatic with our guys up
Hobart cut the lead
to 14-7 at the half with a 17-play, 73-yard drive and would end up gaining
351 yards of total offense. The Brickies rushed for 214 yards and threw for
had a couple guys dinged up and out, but those guys that were out there
really battled and fought on every play,” Peterson said. “We’ve got some
great kids that work their tails off.”
The Chesterton lead
grew to 28-7 in the third quarter when Klespies and Razo both scored from
five yards out.
Hobart again moved
within one score with a touchdown, 28-21, with 6:46 to play. Razo got loose
on the Trojans’ first offensive play for 64 yards and a touchdown.
did a great job for us tonight,” Peterson said. “Quarterbacks hate to be
told they managed the game, but he did a great job of that tonight. He got
us out of some plays that were bad and into the right plays.
“He made some great
adjustments on some things and his maturation process has really taken off.
He’s still developing and that’s the fun thing to see from a coaching
play its home-opener on Friday night when they host Munster. Kickoff is set
for 7 p.m.
First Downs 12 17
Total Net Yards 269
Passing-Yards 0 137
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 7 7 14 7
Hobart 0 7 7 7 --
C - Tony Frencl 1
run (Chris VanEekeren kick)
C - Louie Razo 57
fumble recovery (Harley Lohmeyer kick)
H - Sal Valle 10
run (DJ Lipke kick)
C - Ryan Klespies 5
run (VanEekeren kick)
C - Razo 5 run (Lohmeyer
H - Brock Cooper 55
pass from Sam Ehrlich (Lipke kick)
H - Ehrlich 1 run (Lipke
C - Razo 64 run (VanEekeren