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.
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
“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. “
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.”
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
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
“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.”
Crown Point 14
First Downs 8 17
Passing Yards 121
Total Yards 187 321
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Crown Point 7 0 7 0
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)