Freshman QB Mullen throws for 2 TDs, VanEekeren kicks game-winning 41-yd FG as Trojans beat Bulldogs 17-14

A Special Report by Frank Sprankle and Dave Woodworth



Members of the Crown Point Bulldogs lineup for pregame drills on the south end of the field prior to their homecoming game with Chesterton, 10-05-2018.
(Photos by Dave Woodworth)
The Chesterton Trojans warm up on the north end of the field prior to their game at Crown Point High School, 10-05-2018.
The Student Section theme for Friday's homecoming game was bed time, as can be seen by one student who was having an "udderly" fantastic time.
The home stands were filling nicely on an overcast, but comfortable evening at Crown point High School, as pregame homecoming festivities were under way.
Members of the Crown Point Royal Regiment line up on the track prior to performing during the pregame of the Chesterton-Crown Point HS Football game, 10-05-2018.
Members of the Crown Point junior dance team join their high school mentors on the field during a pregame performance on homecoming night, 10-05-2018.
The 2018 homecoming court for Crown Point High School stands on the field at halftime of the game between the Chesterton Trojans and the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Crown Point High School. (Photo b y Frank Sprankle)

Here is the full Homecoming 2018 court:
Freshman Prince- Dominic Sopczak
Princess- Avery Pettit
Sophomore Prince- Felix Meeks
Princess- Kelle Riordan
Junior Prince- Noah Pitlik
Princess- Jane Georgas

King Nominees:
Trevor Bieszczat
Nick Geisen
Kenny Mills
James Shrader
Henry Withrow- winner

Queen Nominees:
Corrin Hummel
Jordan Kraus- winner
Emmie McConnell
Devon McSurley
Abby Novotny

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Revised: October 11, 2018 .

Team 1 2 3 4 F
Chesterton (3-5, 2-4 DAC) 0 14 0 3 17
CROWN POINT (3-5, 2-4  DAC) 0 7 0 7 14

Friday, October 5, 2018,  67 degrees & heavy overcast at kick-off, Duneland Athletic Conference, Homecoming at CROWN POINT, IN.

1st Qtr: No Scoring.
2nd Qtr: CHESTERTON (7-0) Ben Slatcoff, 8-yard pass from Chris Mullen. 55-yard, 5-play drive. 2:19 min. time of possession (TOP). Chris VanEekeren kick. 5:49 left.
CROWN POINT (7-7) Scott Mills, 4-yard run. 80-yard, 14-play drive. 4:54 min. TOP. Jack Mumaugh kick. 0:55 left.
CHESTERTON (14-7) Jake Warren, 24-yard pass from Chris Mullen. 71-yard, 4-play drive. 0:29 min. TOP. Chris VanEekeren kick. 0:20 left.
3rd Qtr:
No Scoring.
4th Qtr:
  CROWN POINT (14-14) Scott Mills, 1-yard run. 80-yard, 6-play drive. 1:48 min. TOP. Jack Mumaugh kick. 11:56 left.
CHESTERTON (17-14) Chris VanEekeren, 41-yard field goal. 25-yard, 9-play drive. 1:54 min. TOP. 0:04.7 min left.

CROWN POINT (28 carries, 171 yards, 2 TDs): Scott Mills (TB) 25-136 yards, 2 TDs; Will Pettit (QB) 2-13 yards, David O'Toole (WR) 1-22 yards.
CHESTERTON (29 carries, 107 yards): Bryce Pickering (HB) 12-18 yards; Chris Muller (QB) 9-30 yards; Tony Frencl (FB) 7-24 yards, Ben Slatcoff (WR) 1-35 yards.

CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 8 of 14, 69 yards, 3 interceptions;
CHESTERTON: Chris Mullen (QB) 10 of 14, 170 yards, 2 TDs, no interceptions; Ben Slatcoff (WR) 1 of 1, 47 yards.

CROWN POINT:  Tysen Cazy (WR) 2-35 yards, David O'Toole (WR) 3-22 yards, Scott Mills (TB) 1-8 yards, Felix Meeks (TE) 2-4 yards.
CHESTERTON: Ben Slatcoff (WR) 6-121 yards, TD; Zach Zimmerman (WR) 2-11 yards, Jake Warren (WR) 3-87 yards, TD.

CROWN POINT (3) 0 fumble, 3 interception.

CROWN POINT: 4-35 yards; CHESTERTON: 5-40 yards.

CROWN POINT: 240 yards; CHESTERTON: 324 yards.

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CROWN POINT (10-05-2018) As the Crown Point Bulldogs hosted their annual homecoming game, it became one to remember. Just not for the home team.

Led by freshman quarterback Chris Mullen and senior kicker Chris VanEekeren, the Chesterton Trojans dampened the night for the Bulldogs with a 17-14 victory on Bulldog turf last Friday, Oct. 6.

After a scoreless first quarter, Mullen (6-1, 170) gave the Trojans the advantage on an eight-yard touchdown pass to junior split back Ben Slatcoff ( 5-11, 170) with 5:49 minutes left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs responded with a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped by senior tailback Scott Mills (5-9, 175) delivered a four-yard touchdown run with 55-seconds remaining in the half to even-up matters, 7-7.

But Chesterton pulled together an improbably 4-play, 71-yard featuring a wide receiver option pass from Slatcoff to big junior Jake Warren (6-4, 200) for 47-yards to the CP 24-yard line. Three plays later Mullen connected with Warren for a 24-yard TD pass with just 20-seconds remaining in the half, giving Chesterton a 14-7 lade at halftime.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Mills pulled the Bulldogs to even with a one-yard touchdown run on the first play in the fourth quarter to tie the game 14-14. That play capped 6-play, 80-yard drive that featured a big 30-yard pass completion from Bulldog sophomore QB Will Pettit ((6-2, 190) to junior wide receiver Tysen Cazy (6-3, 180).

On the following possession, Chesterton marched downfield 59-yards all the way down to the CP yard line, where the Bulldog defense stiffened and forced the Trojans to attempt an 18-yard field goal. That’s when Crown Point’s senior cornerback Ray Cosey zipped into the Trojan backfield and blocked a Chris VanEekeren field goal attempted, which deflected into the hands of fellow Bulldog junior defensive end Collin Flavin.

The score remained tied 14-14 through most of the remainder of the fourth quarter, with Crown Point’s offense picking up just one first down in their next two possessions, each time having to punt.

Chesterton’s took over with 1:59 left in the game and moved into field goal range in 9 plays that brought the clock down to 8.8 seconds remaining. That’s when the Trojans’ VanEekeren answered the call.

Despite a Crown Point time out called to delay the final kick, and to perhaps give the Trojan kicker something to think about… with seconds remaining, VanEekeren drained a 41-yard field goal towards the south end zone with a right-angle kick to put Chesterton ahead 17-14, with 4.7-seconds left.

Chesterton’s ensuing kickoff appeared to be intentionally squibbed out of bounds to prevent a potential runback. Crown Point took over 1st-and-10 from their own 35-yard line. But sophomore quarterback Will Pettit threw an inception on a desperation pass into the hands of senior defensive back J.P. Osafo on the very last play as the Bulldogs now have lost three of their last four, dating back to week five game against the Portage Indians on Sept. 14.

For Mullen, this marked his first varsity start and the fifth quarterback used by Chesterton this season. Mullen finished with an unofficial 10 of 14 passing for 170 yards, 2 TDs and 9 carries for 30 yards.

“The win was great, it was a competitive game. Crown Point has a solid program. To pick-up a win on their homecoming was special,” Chesterton Head Coach Mark Peterson said, who also spoke highly of his kicker.

“VanEekeren has Division-1 caliber, this was a great experience for him, it should help with his recruiting process.”

For the Bulldogs, they move on to close the regular season on the road against the Michigan City Wolves before their bye week, followed by the opener of the Class 6A, Sectional 1 tournament.

“We need to grind on and put this behind us,” Crown Point sophomore tight end Felix Meeks said. “We need to focus on how we can get better.”

With the loss, Crown Point drops to 3-5 overall, 2-4 in the Duneland Athletic Conference; while Chesterton improves to 3-5, 2-4 in the DAC.

DOG NOTES: With the loss, the Bulldogs can no longer achieve a regular season winning record. With one more game to go, the best the Bulldogs can settle for would be 4-5 heading into the sectional tournament.

Despite defeat, Crown Point holds a winning edge against Chesterton since 2013. This marked the sixth meeting between the two schools in that stretch. Including last Friday night, the Bulldogs are 4-2 against the Trojans over the last six seasons. The other victory for Chesterton came in 2015. broadcast note: The Bulldogs close out the regular season this Friday, Oct. 12 when they travel to Ames Field to meet the Michigan City Wolves. will provide live play-by-play coverage starting with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT.

Coach: Kevin Enright, 39-35 in 7th year at school
Aug. 17   Lowell 4A L 7 17    
Aug. 24 at Highland 4A W 14 10    
Sep. 1 at Merrillville 6A © L 21 26    
Sep. 7   Lake Central 6A © W 21 3    
Sep. 14   Portage 6A © L 12 14    
Sep. 21 at Valparaiso 6A © L 7 38    
Sep. 28 at LaPorte 5A © W 24 21    
Oct. 5   Chesterton 6A © L 14 17    
Oct. 12 at Michigan City 5A © 7:00 pm    

Coach: Mark Peterson, 27-34 in 6th year at school, 62-63 in 12th year overall
Aug. 17   Hobart 4A L 9 10    
Aug. 24 at Munster 5A W 31 0    
Sep. 1   Michigan City 5A © L 10 28    
Sep. 7 at LaPorte 5A © L 14 29    
Sep. 14 at Valparaiso 6A © L 0 23    
Sep. 21   Portage 6A © L 14 20    
Sep. 28 at Lake Central 6A © W 15 0    
Oct. 5 at Crown Point 6A © W 17 14    
Oct. 12   Merrillville 6A © 7:00 pm    

  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
Valparaiso 6-0 150 35 6-  2 173 85 Won 6
Michigan City 5-1 227 73 6-  2 310 106 Won 4
Merrillville 4-2 158 104 5-  3 194 146 Won 1
Portage 3-3 73 141 4-  4 94 179 Lost 2
Chesterton 2-4 70 114 3-  5 110 124 Won 2
Crown Point 2-4 99 119 3-  5 120 146 Lost 1
LaPorte 2-4 101 176 2-  6 135 239 Lost 3
Lake Central 0-6 46 162 2-  6 89 178 Lost 6
Friday, Oct. 5
Chesterton 17, Crown Point 14 ©
Merrillville 31, Lake Central 14 ©
Michigan City 52, LaPorte 8 ©
Valparaiso 17, Portage 7 ©
Friday, Oct. 12
Crown Point at Michigan City ©, 7 pm
LaPorte at Portage ©, 7 pm
Merrillville at Chesterton ©, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Lake Central ©, 7 pm
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