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Chesterton's Tyler Gillespie stumbles across goal line score touchdown against LaPorte during Friday's wChestertHigh School. | Charles Mitchell/For Post-Tribune

Chesterton's Tyler Gillespie stumbles across the goal line to score a touchdown against LaPorte during Friday's win at Chesterton High School. | Charles Mitchell/For the Post-Tribune

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Updated: October 15, 2013 7:32AM



CHESTERTON — It may take Chesterton a little time to get rolling in games lately, but once that triple option offense starts humming, it’s hard to stop it.

A week after overcoming a 17-point deficit at Michigan City, the Trojans only had six points to come back from in the first quarter. And once senior quarterback Cole Teal had the option grooving, it was lights out in a 35-20 victory over LaPorte on Friday night.

The bulk of the production came from all-purpose running back Avery Beeks, who put the Trojans (3-1, 2-0 DAC) back in the lead, 14-13, after the Slicers (0-4, 0-2) took a lead as the first quarter ended. Less than 20 seconds after LaPorte’s Drake Sanders scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, Beeks rolled for a 60-yard TD run down the far sideline, and Chesterton never looked back.

Of course Teal was the key in the option, but the offensive line deserves credit for doing its job whether it was Teal keeping it (51 yards rushing), Beeks running wide or Tyler Gillespie (63 yards and a TD) and Jon Horvath running it up the gut. And don’t forget Teal’s arm, which accounted for 100 yards passing, including 32 of those yards going to Beeks.

“They shored up and did some nice things up front,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said about his line. “We wanted to make sure Cole was able to make his read. He’s really matured out there.”

LaPorte was able to climb back into the game on an 11-yard TD pass from Eric Mazany to Luc McCarty with just under 10 minutes left in the game. When Teal lost a fumble with less than four minutes remaining, the Slicers had their chance. But Mazany threw an interception two plays later to Chesterton’s Andrew Ralph.

That play set up Beeks’ third touchdown of the night and the Duneland Conference victory.

“We’re definitely getting better; it just doesn’t show in the left-hand column in the record,” LaPorte coach Bob Schellinger said. “We were able to sustain drives and put points on the board. We’re just not able to get that big play when we needed it.”

It also didn’t help that injuries forced the Slicers to play the third-string tailback. But Chesterton’s defense also made the correct changes to offset LaPorte moving the ball early.

“That’s Dan McCoy, our defensive coordinator,” Peterson said. “He made some great in-game adjustments.”



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