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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Michigan City 13
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Michigan City 0 7 6
0 -- 13
Chesterton 14 0 0 7
C -- Colby Bullock
2 pass from Chris Mullen (Jackson Syren kick), 9:01
C -- Jackson
Westmoreland 12 pass from Mullen (Syren kick), 1:07
MC -- Jonathon
Flemings 1 run (Andrew Oleksiuk kick), 11:56
MC -- Flemings 20
run (Kick missed), 7:50
C -- Mullen 1 run (Syren
First Downs: 16 13
Passing Yards: 126
Total Yards: 347
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
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.