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Trojan Football wins opener at Hobart, 35-21

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New season, new team.

The Chesterton 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 at Hobart.

“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 front.”

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 137 more.

“Defensively, we 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.

“Andrew (Zimmerman) 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 standpoint.”

Chesterton will play its home-opener on Friday night when they host Munster. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Chesterton 35, Hobart 21



First Downs 12 17

Total Net Yards 269 351

Rushes-Yards 269 214

Passing-Yards 0 137

Comp.-Att.-Int. 0-2-0 10-19-0

Penalties-Yards 2-20 2-10

Punts-Avg. 1-28.0 1-39.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1


Chesterton 7 7 14 7 -- 35

Hobart 0 7 7 7 -- 21


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 kick)

H - Brock Cooper 55 pass from Sam Ehrlich (Lipke kick)

H - Ehrlich 1 run (Lipke kick)

C - Razo 64 run (VanEekeren kick)


Posted 8/21/2017




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