Sophomore QB Mullen's 4 TD passes lead Chesterton to 27-14 win over Crown Point
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|CP's Matthew Walters (24) runs away from Chesterton defensive end Drew Flowers (46). (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|CP's Will Pettit (7) takes on Chesterton's Zach Zimmerman (89) in DAC action in Porter County.|
|CP's Jacob Lopez (42), Donovan Huffine (8) and Alec Barancyk (29) put the squeeze on the Trojans' Jake Warren (6).|
|CP defensive end Collin Flavin (13) goes high to try to block Chesterton passer Chris Mullen (7).|
|Chesterton's Chris Mullin (7) threw four touchdown passes in the first half against Crown Point.|
|Game time temperature at the CP-Chesterton game after day long rain was 43 degrees and only the brave showed up to support the boys.|
|It's not holding if they don't call it. CP's Jack Darlington (78) 'delays' Trojan pass rusher Jackson Fleming (98).|
|Chesterton senior Bryce Pickering (2) scored one of the Trojans four TDs in the first half last Friday against Crown Point.|
|CP receivers Tysen Cazy (84) and David O'Toole (88) wait for the snap against Chesterton last Friday.|
|CP senior Collin Flavin (13) moves in to sack Chesterton's Chris Mullen (7) last Friday against the Trojans.|
|CP tight end Ben Uran (16) sends a pre-snap tip to quarterback Will Pettit (7) Friday night in Chesterton.|
|It was a cold night for all Bulldogs in Porter County as the Trojans beat Crown Point 27-14. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Friday, October 11, 2019, 43 degrees & cloudy at kick-off, Duneland Athletic Conference at CHESTERTON, IN.
POINT (7-0) Matthew Walters, 1-yard run. 47-yard drive, 5 plays. 1:42 min.
time of possession (TOP). Sammy Brewer kick. 10:15 left.
CHESTERTON (7-7) Jake Warren, 20-yard pass from Chris Mullen. 27-yard drive, 5 plays. 4:23 min. TOP. Seth Conway kick. 5:22 left.
CHESTERTON (14-7) Ben Slatcoff, 81-yard pass from Chris Mullen. 81-yard drive, 2 plays. 2:29 min. TOP. Seth Conway kick. 2:32 left.
2nd Qtr: CHESTERTON (21-7) Jake Warren, 2-yard pass from Chris Mullen. 55-yard drive, 11 plays. 3:36 min. TOP. Seth Conway kick. 8:24 left.
CHESTERTON (27-7) Bryce Pickering, 2-yard pass from Chris Mullen (20th TD pass of the season). 42-yard drive, 4 plays. 1:13 min. TOP. Kick wide. 4:03 left.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (14-27) Davian Lira, 18-yard run, 34-yard drive, 5 plays. 1:42 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer, kick. 5:23 left.
4th Qtr: No scoring.
CROWN POINT (28 carries, 87 yards, one TD): Matthew Walters (HB) 10 carries, 53 yards; Davian Lira (HB) 9-18 yards; Will Pettit (QB) 6 carries, (minus-6 yards); David O’Toole (WR) 3-22 yards.
CHESTERTON (22 carries, 48 yards): Chris Mullen (QB) 13 rushes, 13 yards (3 sacks – minus-15); Ryan Klepsies (FB) 4-13 yards, Bryce Pickering (WB) 4-10 yards; Colby Bullock (WR) 1-12 yards.
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 10 of 28, 113 yards; 0 TDs, 3 interceptions;
CHESTERTON: Chris Mullen (QB) 21 of 36, 278 yards, 4 TDs, 2 interceptions.
CROWN POINT: David O’Toole (WR) 2-9 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 2-11 yards; Tysen Cazy (WR) 3-53 yards; Felix Meeks (TE) 3-40 yards.
CHESTERTON: Bryce Pickering (WB) 2-30 yards, TD; Ben Slatcoff (WR) 7-139 yards, TD; Jake Warren (WR) 7-69 yards, 2 TDs; Gunner Burkhart (WR) 1-9 yards; Austin Graf (WR) 1-7 yards.
CP: 200 yards, 7 first downs, three turnovers;
CHESTERTON: 329 yards, 11 first downs, three turnovers (2 interceptions and a blocked kick).
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Two facts shined through the artificial light at
Chesterton on a cold night in the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) last
One: Crown Point, for the fourth time this season, fell behind by two touchdowns or more in the first half and tried to rally back in the second half. For the fourth time, the rally fell short with Chesterton stopping the Bulldogs 27-14.
It was a frustrating night for CP (4-4), as they again fell into a deep hole before they became competitive after halftime. That’s not a blueprint for success next month.
The other fact in evidence on a cold October night is: There’s a new sheriff in town.
I’m trying to find the last sophomore quarterback in NW Indiana who threw 20 touchdowns passes in his first season. That’s the total for Chesterton sophomore Chris Mullen after his four first half TD passes pushed the Trojans (6-2) beyond the Bulldogs.
Whatever happens next week or next month, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound 10th grader is someone everyone in the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) is going to have to deal with the next two seasons.
Mullen’s 21 of 36 for 278 yards (12 of 20 for 190 yards and four TDs in the first half) give him an unofficial 110 of 208 for 1,860 yards in eight games.
“You know he's only been playing football since the seventh grade,” said Chesterton coach Mark Peterson. “The good thing for him and us is that he gets to go against teams like Crown Point and Valpo, and Michigan City. That’s great opportunity for growth.”
Hold on, coach. Can we go back to the part where Mullen, who did not play on the Trojan varsity as a freshman, has only been playing football since seventh grade? He’s only in 10th grade now.
“It comes easy for him,” said Peterson. “He is very advanced. And yes, he didn't play organized football until seventh grade.”
Crown Point scored the first time they had the ball Friday on a one-yard run by Matthew Walters. But a tipped pass from CP quarterback Will Pettit was intercepted by Zach Zimmerman at the Bulldog 27-yard-line and the Trojans went on a rampage, scoring almost at will for the rest of the first half.
From a five wide receiver formation using no running back, Mullen tossed TD passes of 20 yards to 6-foot-6 end Jake Warren, 81 yards to Ben Slatcoff, two yards again to Warren and 21 yards to Bryce Pickering before halftime cooled off the home team. Chesterton seemed very confident that if they split five receivers that CP could not adequately cover them all.
“We knew we were going to get them (CP) into some problem matchups,” said Peterson. “We thought we could get some mismatches. Actually we got into an accidental mismatch on the long touchdown. The one to Ben Slatcoff. When we lined up, they didn’t cover Slatcoff and Ben checked off (changed the play) into that right away.”
Crown Point did, as is their norm, rally after halftime. The Bulldogs sacked Mullen four times, blocked a punt (David O’Toole) and intercepted two passes (Sean Granger and Treston Logan) after cutting the lead to 27-14 late in the third quarter on an 18-yard run by Davian Lira. But, with a comeback still in reach, CP could gain just two first downs the rest of the game.
DOG/TROJAN NOTES: In all four of Crown Point’s losses this season, they have fallen behind significantly in the first half. Crown Point trailed Merrillville 21-3 but rallied to tie that game before losing in overtime. CP trailed Lowell 21-7 before losing 21-19 when a late two point conversion fell short. CP trailed Valparaiso 14-0 but rallied to tie the game after three quarters before losing 31-14.
Chesterton has never won a sectional championship in the 46-year history of the IHSAA state tournament. The Trojans (6-2) drew Warsaw in the Class 6A Sectional 2 semifinals. Penn (4-4) and Portage (1-7) meet in the other semifinal.
Quietly, Chesterton coach Mark Peterson believes that this is the year.
“Warsaw’s tough,” Peterson said. “But we feel pretty good about it. It would really be something, wouldn't it?”
USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports Programming Note: The Bulldogs close out the
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The Bulldogs will then have a bye week before heading to Lake Central High School to take on the Indians in the Class 6A, Sectional 1 semi-final on Friday, Nov. 1st. Meanwhile 6A No. 2 Lafayette Jefferson travels to Demaree Stadium to take on the 6A No. 8 Merrillville Pirates.
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