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Zach Oakley, Penn ‘D’ too much for Chesterton

Chestertquarterback Cole Teal flips ball Chesterrunning back as Penn AarHancock closes an IHSAA 6-A football sectional game with Penn Friday

Chesterton quarterback Cole Teal flips the ball to a Chesteron running back as Penn Aaron Hancock closes in an IHSAA 6-A football sectional game with Penn Friday Nov. 1, 2013 in Mishawaka, Ind.| Joe Raymond ~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 3, 2013 6:12AM



MISHAWAKA — Too many penalties, too much Zach Oakley, too much Penn.

Chesterton gave the No. 1 team in Class 6A a game Friday night for about a half, but too much of the above resulted in a 30-0 sectional title game victory for the Kingsmen at Freed Field.

Oakley, Penn’s senior quarterback and a Central Michigan recruit, had 208 yards rushing, another 111 yards passing, and all four Kingsmen touchdowns — two on the ground and two through the air.

“Oakley is pretty darn good and he was the difference in the game tonight for them,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “He’s Division I for a reason.”

Chesterton (4-7) struggled with penalties in the first half and only managed to get past midfield once. As soon as that happened, a holding penalty pushed the Trojans back.

“For us on offense, that was probably the most frustrating part and probably the biggest killer for us,” Peterson said. “Every time we seemed to mount an attack or start to move the ball, we’d get a penalty.”

The Trojans drew six flags in the first half and finished the game with 10 penalties for 68 yards, but despite the numerous miscues, only found themselves down 14-0 at halftime.

That changed as soon as the third quarter began. Oakley took the first play from scrimmage 67 yards for a touchdown, then added a 47-yard scoring run later in the quarter to make it 30-0.

Oakley carried the ball eight times, but had four runs of at least 26 yards.

The shutout was Penn’s sixth of the season, and first against Chesterton, which threatened in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t score despite a first-and-goal from the Penn 5.

Penn’s defense held Chesterton to 153 total yards. Trojans quarterback Cole Teal led the team with 65 yards rushing, but struggled in the face of an aggressive pass rush, and finished 5 of 13 passing for 21 yards.

But the night belonged to Oakley, who threw for two touchdowns in the first half and accounted for 319 of Penn’s 383 total yards.

“Players like that make big plays in big games,” said Penn coach Cory Yeoman, his team advancing to face Lake Central in the regional round. “He’s had a great career here.”



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