The Lake Central Indians manhandled the Chesterton Trojans physically for
four quarters on Friday night en route to a 35-12 Duneland Athletic
“They are everything that I thought they would be,” Chesterton coach John
Snyder said. “They are physical. They are aggressive. They can run. I know
our kids are really disappointed. It’s the first time this senior class has
really had a loss like this.
“We’ll see how they respond.”
The defenses dominated the entire first quarter as neither team mounted any
kind of offensive threat.
“Our defense are very similar,” Snyder said. “Proud of the kids. Proud of
the effort. For the first half, everyone saw a great game. In the second
half, they took advantage of our mistakes.”
Lake Central cracked the scoreboard first with 7:12 to play in the second
quarter when David Yancy broke a tackle and scampered 43 yards for a
The game remained that way until the 1:16 mark of the third quarter when
Yancy again broke a tackle and went 41 yards for a 14-0 lead. Yancy finished
with 113 yards on 21 carries, 97 of those yards came on three carries.
“We knew we couldn’t let Yancy get those big plays on us and for the most
part we handled him pretty well,” Snyder said. “He got away a couple of
times and turned them into touchdowns. That’s what great players do.”
Another long LC touchdown run, this time from 40 yards away, pushed the
score to 21-0 just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played outstanding through two and a half quarters,” Snyder
said. “They just wore us down. They lined up in that Power I and just ran it
at us. When you’re tired already and your offense isn’t doing much to help
you, that’s what can happen.”
The Trojans finally mounted a threat on the next possession as Chris
Katsafaros connected with Joe Troop behind the defense for a 78-yard
touchdown to cut the lead to 21-6.
The Indians response, an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“We get a big play for a touchdown and maybe give ourselves a little bit of
a chance and give up the big kickoff return,” Snyder said. “That’s something
we’ve struggled with all year. And there it was again.”
The Indians added two late touchdowns and the Trojans got a one-yard TD run
from Mike Crowley to set the final score.
“They physically beat us up,” Snyder said. “It’s not a matter of scheme. It
was their Jimmy’s against our Joe’s and, give them the credit, they won
almost every match-up.”
The Trojans again struggled hanging onto the football as they fumbled seven
times, losing four.
“A lot of the turnovers was them beating us at the point of attack and
creating those,” Snyder said. “We have to go back and find out what they
hurt us the most with. We took some shots early and didn’t connect on them.
We hit one, but that won’t be enough.
“You just can’t give them the ball over and over again.”
The Trojan defense allowed only 193 yards of total offense by Lake Central
with 128 of those coming on three plays, but had just 206 yards themselves
with eight minutes to play.