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Trojans take to the air in win over Crown Point

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By CJ Peters

It took five plays and about two minutes for Chesterton to find itself down a touchdown on Friday night against Crown Point.

Fortunately for the Trojans, it wasn’t a sign of things to come.

Behind sophomore quarterback Chris Mullen, Chesterton notched a 27-14 win over the Bulldogs. Mullen was 21-of-34 passing on the night for 282 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the first half. He threw for 215 of those yards by halftime.

“The offense comes off the sideline and talks to coach (Mark Peterson) and he just listens,” Mullen said. “We told him they were struggling to guard Ben (Slatcoff), (Jake) Warren, Bryce (Pickering), Gunner (Burkhart), everybody really. We just picked guys out and tried to pick on them.”

The trio of senior receivers in Ben Slatcoff, Jake Warren and Bryce Pickering did the brunt of the damage for the Trojans (6-2, 4-2 Duneland Athletic Conference).

Slatcoff had an 85-yard TD and led the team in yardage with 133 on six catches, while Warren caught touchdowns from 25 and two yards out, totaling nine catches for 96 yards. Pickering took a screen pass 21 yards for a score, finishing with four catches for 33 yards.

“Everyone has been getting better and better,” Mullen said. “Our communication has been better. Like that one to Ben, that play wasn’t specifically drawn up like that, but it was a blown coverage and we just knew.

“Ben and I worked all summer and as the season has progressed, I’ve worked with everyone else. Those guys certainly make my job a lot easier.”

Mullen had two interceptions in the second half, pinpointing the need for improvement.

“We like to jump on teams early, but me personally and as a team, we gotta get better in the second half,” Mullen said. “

Chesterton coach Mark Peterson didn’t put the interceptions on Mullen.

“Crown Point went in at halftime and made a couple adjustments, probably nothing we didn’t expect, it just gave us a different look,” Peterson said. “He had a tipped ball turned into an INT, just overthrew a guy, and we felt like we had an open receiver on another route, but it is what it is. Chris made some phenomenal throws in the first half, and really the second half, too.

“They made a couple great plays defensively. It wasn’t something Chris didn’t do; it was more of something that (Crown Point) did.”

Chesterton had three interceptions of their own with Zach Zimmerman, Mike Williams, Jr. and Ryan Klespies all recording one. Jackson Fleming recorded a pair of sacks as the Trojans held Bulldogs QB Will Pettit to 10-of-25 passing for 121 yards.

“We do some great things coaching-wise, putting kids in positions to make plays and do some good things,” Peterson said. “The defensive coaching staff and the kids all buy in, it’s a part-by-part basis. The return of Klespies really anchored the interior. Jackson Fleming continues to play at another level with the speed and the things he’s doing, and him being double-teamed frees other people.

“It’s been beneficial for us to maintain and move the ball and in turn, that has helped our defense stay off the field.”

The Trojans travel to Merrillville for their regular-season finale, riding a three-game winning streak.

“We just gotta play our football,” Mullen said. “When we play our football, we’re hard to beat. We played our football last week against Lake Central and that showed, in both halves. We just gotta put two halves together.”

Chesterton 27, Crown Point 14



First Downs 8 17

Rushes-Yards 29-86 24-39

Passing 10-25-3 21-34-2

Passing Yards 121 282

Total Yards 187 321

Penalties-Yards 6-36 5-55

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0


Crown Point 7 0 7 0 -- 14

Chesterton 14 13 0 0 -- 27


CP -- Matthew Walters 1 run (Sammy Brewer kick)

C -- Jake Warren 25 pass from Chris Mullen (Seth Conway kick)

C -- Ben Slatcoff 85 pass from Mullen (Conway kick)

C -- Warren 2 pass from Mullen (Conway kick)

C -- Bryce Pickering 21 pass from Mullen (Kick missed)

CP -- Davian Lira 18 run (Brewer kick)



Posted 10/14/2019




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