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Trojans turn over Michigan City in 21-13 win

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In its conference opener Friday against Michigan City, the Trojans entered looking for momentum and did so right away as Chris Mullen connected with Colby Bullock for a two-yard score on the game’s opening drive.

Chesterton led the game from there on out, turning Michigan City over five times -- including a highlight interception by sophomore Ethan Troy -- on its way to a 21-13 home win on Friday.

“It was crucial, especially from an energy and positivity standpoint,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said of getting a win Friday. “(Friday) was one of those opportunities for our defense to hang a feather in our hat. We gave up some stuff, but that’s a darn good offense.

“Unfortunately, we gave up some points, but at the end of the day, we got some turnovers and created ourselves some opportunities, so that was huge for us.”

Following the score on the opening drive, Chesterton (1-2, 1-0 Duneland Athletic Conference) stayed aggressive as its pooch kick bounced off City and was recovered by the Trojans in enemy territory.

Junior wide receiver Jackson Westmoreland had the chance to give the Trojans a two-score lead, but saw the Chris Mullen pass go off his hands for what could have been a potential long score.

But that wasn’t something Westmoreland was going to let hold him down, telling himself to not look at the past.

“You gotta leave that in the past. You gotta keep going, it’s a game,” Westmoreland said. “It’s a new play, new down. I just gotta go and catch the ball.”

Westmoreland got his chance at redemption a drive later after a Dane Snemis interception, with him snagging a 12-yard TD from Mullen on a corner route from Mullen.

“That gave me a big confidence boost,” Westmoreland said of Mullen going back to him on the next drive. “It showed me he trusts me with the ball and that he trusts throwing it my way.”

Westmoreland had four catches for 88 yards, with gains of 31 and 33.

“He’s been a huge plus,” Peterson said. “He’s coming into his own, getting his timing and that physical control. All week long you work on things and throw the ball, sharing it with 100 people and you’re able to develop a confidence.”

Mullen threw for 210 yards, adding a two-yard TD run in the fourth that proved to be the final score of the game. Bullock had three catches for 63 yards and a score, chipping in 30 yards on three carries.

“Offensively we saw the fruition of really what we worked on for the last six weeks,” Peterson said. “Jackson is really coming into his own and Colby is doing some nice things, too. I think Chris was pressing a little in the first couple weeks, and I only say that because he’s taken all the responsibility on his shoulders the first couple weeks.

“We talked about being focused, having fun and just flying around this week. There have been some mistakes, but we’ve tried to ignore that, get over those and accentuate and focus on the positives.”

Turnovers proved to be fruitful with Troy’s one-handed interception leading to the Mullen TD run. Patrick McLaughlin later recovered a Jonathon Flemings’ fumble as Michigan City (2-1, 0-1) was nearing a chance to score and tie with a two-point conversion with less than two minutes to go. Gage DeMarco also added a fumble recovery.

“There was amazing energy on the sideline,” Troy said after his interception. “People were telling me the TD was because of me, it was awesome. Chris drove right down there, got us a TD and everything was great from there.

“It’s hard to get five turnovers in a game, so it’s opportunity and kind of luck at the same time. Some of those were just them needing to hold on to the ball a little better, but we were able to get our hands on them and that was something we fed off of.”

“(Michigan City) scored 44 and 41 in its first two games, and we held them to 13. That’s an awesome scoring offense and we were able to hold them up.”

Chesterton travels to LaPorte for next week’s game.

“There’s a lot of energy -- the enthusiasm behind tonight’s win is certainly something to build on and we’re really excited about that,” Peterson said. “LaPorte’s a good team and any time you go into LaPorte County, you gotta play pretty good football. Coach (Jeremy) Lowery does a great job there and we’ll have our work cut out for us.”

Chesterton 21, Michigan City 13



Michigan City 0 7 6 0 -- 13

Chesterton 14 0 0 7 -- 21


First Quarter

C -- Colby Bullock 2 pass from Chris Mullen (Jackson Syren kick), 9:01

C -- Jackson Westmoreland 12 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 1:07

Second Quarter

MC -- Jonathon Flemings 1 run (Andrew Oleksiuk kick), 11:56

Third Quarter

MC -- Flemings 20 run (Kick missed), 7:50

Fourth Quarter

C -- Mullen 1 run (Syren kick), 10:02



First Downs: 16 13

Rushes-Yards: 36-221 25-57

Passing: 11-18-2 11-29-0

Passing Yards: 126 210

Total Yards: 347 267

Penalties-Yards: 4-40 5-45

Fumbles-Lost: 4-3 1-0


RUSHING -- MICHIGAN CITY, Jonathon Flemings 14-80, Omarion Hatch 9-72, Giovani Laurent 11-63, Kaydarious Jones 2-6. CHESTERTON, Colby Bullock 3-30, Ethan Pickering 7-22, Chris Mullen 16-5.

PASSING -- MICHIGAN CITY, Laurent 11-18-126-2. CHESTERTON, Mullen 11-28-210-0, Pickering 0-0-0-1.

RECEIVING -- MICHIGAN CITY, Flemings 6-65, Esau Haynes 4-45, Omarion Hatch 1-16. CHESTERTON, Jackson Westmoreland 4-88, Bullock 3-63, Mitch McElfresh 1-27, Jude Mochen 2-19, Jordan Hughes 1-14.



Posted 9/8/2020




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