Football: Chesterton beats Munster in Monday night football
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org September 2, 2013 10:48PM
Updated: October 4, 2013 6:27AM
CHESTERTON — Thanks to storms and lightning on Friday night, and more of the same Saturday during the day, Munster and Chesterton got to compete in Northwest Indiana’s high school version of Monday night football.
And it seemed to suit the host Trojans just fine as they overcame penalties and a turnover in the second half to pull away from the Mustangs for a 35-14 victory.
The two teams tried to play Saturday during the day instead of night like most games across the region, but lightning and rain delays stretched out the wait too long. So it was a dose of Monday night football without the ESPN cameras.
And Chesterton (1-1) quarterback Cole Teal looked like one of those new read option signal callers that are taking the NFL by storm, scoring the Trojans’ first touchdown on a 13-yard run in the first quarter, and hitting key pass completions to set up the other four TD runs — two each from Tyler Gillespie and Jon Horvath.
“I’ve been doing that since eighth grade — that’s what we do at Chesterton,” Teal said of running the option. “So it’s like second nature.”
Teal finished with 124 yards on just eight completions (8 for 17), but four of them were 17 yards or more. Two of those were well-executed screen passes to Avery Beeks of 17 and 24 yards. That set up the rest of the offense.
“It froze the linemen thinking we were going to screen all the time,” Teal said. “Our linemen were awesome tonight.”
His 13-yard TD run was directly due to Chesterton’s spread formation and execution on screens.
“They played a great game with more intensity than we did,” Munster (1-1) coach Leroy Marsh said. “Our problems were more Munster tonight than Chesterton.”
The Trojans had more penalties than the Mustangs, but a couple inopportune ones hurt Munster, including a rougher the punter personal foul in the third quarter that led to more of the clock being used up before an interception later in the drive.
Gillespie finished with 96 yards rushing and those two touchdowns, but had to leave after a grinding 31-yard run early in the fourth quarter in which he carried most of the Mustangs, and some of his teammates, an extra 10 to 15 yards.
“He runs extremely hard,” said Chesterton coach Mark Peterson, who said it was a shoulder injury. “And I can’t say enough great things about the way our offensive line played.”
Seth Gutwein had 90 yards rushing and a touchdown for Munster.