There were no
football team handed Warsaw a 26-16 Class 6A Sectional opening victory on
“We beat ourselves
tonight,” Chesterton football coach Mark Peterson stammered. “I’m
The Trojans defense
dominated the first half as Warsaw didn’t get a first down and had -13 yards
of offense at the break.
A snap over the
punter’s head on the game’s first possession put Chesterton on top 2-0. The
Trojans returned the favor on their first possession when a blocked punt
went out of the end zone to tie the score at 2-2.
The Trojans finally
put a drive together to begin the second quarter as Andrew Zimmerman found
Jake Warren from 19 yards out for the game’s first score. It was the
culmination of a 14-play, 80-yard drive.
“We got in a nice
rhythm in the second quarter offensively,” Peterson said.
Warsaw fumbled the
ensuing kickoff and the Trojans needed just four plays to push the lead to
16-2. Zimmerman again found Warren from 14 yards away. Harley Lohmeyer’s
point-after-touchdown was good.
“All the momentum
was there,” Peterson said. “It’s inexplicable what happened after that.”
The Trojans got the
third quarter kickoff and immediately turned the ball over on a fumble.
Chesterton would run eight plays in the third quarter and turn it over four
times, including three fumbles and an interception.
The Trojans fumbled
seven times and lost three, while also throwing three interceptions.
The four third
quarter turnovers turned into 21 Warsaw points as Will McGarvey scored twice
and quarterback Tristan Larsh scored once.
“You can’t keep
putting your defense in short field situations like that,” Peterson said.
“They were on the field the entire third quarter. That’s next to impossible
Warsaw tried to
keep Chesterton in the game with six fumbles (four lost) on the night,
including their final three possessions.
“We had so many
chances,” Peterson said.
The Trojans were
inside the Warsaw 30-yard line three times in the final 5:00 and didn’t
score. Twice they were inside the 15.
outgained Warsaw 192-98 on the night.
The loss marked the
end of the careers for the Trojans’ 23-man senior class.
“I’m really proud
of this senior class,” Peterson said. “They’ve really hung together and done
a good job of keeping us together with great leadership. Those guys were the
reason why we won four games and were in three more.
“They are a great
group of kids.”
First Downs 9 8
Total Net Yards 192
Rushing Yards 86 86
Passing Yards 106
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Chesterton 2 14 0 0
Warsaw 2 0 21 3 --
C - Safety
W - Safety
C - Jake
Warren 19 pass from Andrew Zimmerman (Harley Lohmeyer kick)
C - Warren 14
pass from Zimmerman (Lohmeyer kick)
W - Tristan
Larsh 2 run (Harrison Mevis kick)
W - Will
McGarvey 2 run (Mevis kick)
W - McGarvey
7 run (Mevis kick)
W - Mevis 22