Football: Chesterton cruises past Michigan City
By Veryl Wilcox Post-Tribune correspondent October 19, 2012 11:38PM
Updated: November 21, 2012 6:14AM
Chesterton — Chesterton took care of business on both sides of the ball in Friday night’s 37-7 sectional opening win over Michigan City.
The Trojans came out strong, scoring on their first drive of the game, as Chris Katsafaros connected with Joe Troop on a 36-yard touchdown pass.
“I was nervous coming into tonight’s game, but my guys came ready to play, Chesterton coach John Snyder said.
“I knew Michigan City has the capability of being explosive but our defense was able to keep them quiet.”
Chesterton kept Michigan City to 33 yards on 27 attempts.
“It’s great when your front four can get pressure, it let us do other things we wanted on the defensive side of the ball,” Snyder said.
Michigan City fought well and was able to keep the game within range, but was not able to capitalize.
“We played a very good Chesterton team but I couldn’t be more proud of my team, especially my seniors,” said Michigan City coach Michael Karpinski.
Said Snyder: “It’s the playoffs. If we want to win we have to come to the game with our heads right and ready to play. Luckily today that happened and we came out with a victory.”
Chesterton was able to do as it pleased through the air, as Katsafaros completed 17-of-24 pass attempts for 214 yards.
“Once we established the run with John Harvoth we were able to get things going in the pass game,” Snyder said. “Our receivers made some great catches and Chris made some great throws. It’s that kind of combination we need in order to keep moving forward in the tournament.
“We have one goal in mind and my guys are determined to reach that goal,” Snyder said.
For that goal to be achieved, they will have to win at Merrillville next week in the second round of the sectional tournament.