The Homecoming Game Doesn’t Dissapoint


Sarah Sahli, Features Editor, Sandscript Author

Last Friday, the Trojan football team competed in the annual Homecoming game, this year against the LaPorte Slicers. Minutes into the game, Ethan Troy scored a touchdown on a 6-yard swing pass from quarterback Chris Mullen.  Kicker Alex Drewes completed a successful point-after attempt.  Soon after, the Slicers answered the Trojan score with one of their own.  LaPorte failed to convert their PAT, giving the Trojans a one-point lead. Chesterton was not satisfied with their lead and sought to expand that number.  Later in the first quarter, receiver Jackson Westmoreland, scored a touchdown of his own, from another Mullen pass, bringing the score to 14-6 in favor of the Trojans.  The second quarter was similar to the first, and the Trojans kept their foot on the gas pedal, extending their lead once again.  Mullen completed a 13-yard pass into the hands of Bryce Thoma, who walked into the endzone.   Drewes converted another extra point, as he did throughout the game.  Later, LaPorte seemed as if they might score, but they were stopped in their tracks by the stout Chesterton defense.  The score remained 21:6, until the latter portion of the second quarter.  Thoma then finished out his highlight second quarter by scoring the second touchdown of the night without little resistance from the LaPorte D, giving the Trojans the halftime lead 28-6.  The third quarter, also the least action-packed, saw more penalties occur than first downs, and neither team scored. However, both teams participated in a number of penalties.  As the final quarter began, with the score still 28-6, Troy scored his second touchdown of the night, Drewes drilled another PAT, and the score was brought to 35-6.  About halfway through the quarter, senior Jordan Hughes provided the most excitement of the night for Trojan fans.  The defensive lineman scooped up a fumble from the LaPorte quarterback and ran 28 yards into the endzone for the scoop and score.  The teams would trade empty possessions for the remainder of the game, which ended with a lopsided score of 42-6.

Statistically, for the Trojans, Mullen was again great, throwing 4 touchdown passes and zero interceptions, bringing his season totals to 13 (TDs) and 1 (INT).  The running game gained a little life, compared to last week’s game, with Troy providing 56 yards on just 8 carries.  Thoma and Westmoreland led the receivers with 45 and 38 yards respectively.  Defensively, the Trojans were led by Dane Snemis with 7 tackles, Keegan Wrigley with 5, and of course Hughes with the scoop and score touchdown.  The undefeated Trojans (4-0, 2-0 DAC) will take on the rivals from down the street, the Valparaiso Vikings (4-0, 2-0 DAC) this Friday night at 7 pm here at CHS.