Class 6A Sectional 2 final | Penn 30, Chesterton 0

Oakley runs wild as Penn wipes out Chesterton

2013-11-01T21:45:00Z 2013-11-02T03:43:05Z Oakley runs wild as Penn wipes out ChestertonJim Peters james.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com
November 01, 2013 9:45 pm  • 

MISHAWAKA | The game film Chesterton watched didn't do Penn justice.

Fleet-footed quarterback Zach Oakley and the Kingsmen's suffocating 'Wild Bunch' defense were even more impressive live in Friday's Class 6A Sectional 2 final, where No. 1 Penn (11-0) rolled over the Trojans 30-0 at a rainy Freed Field.

"Oakley's phenomenal. He's Division I for a reason," Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said after the Central Michigan recruit ran for 213 and two touchdowns on just seven carries. "He's a difference-maker. He was better in person than on tape. Their linebackers were more aggressive than they were on tape."

After tossing two first-half touchdowns, Oakley showed off his 4.5/40 speed in the second half. He sprinted for scores of 47 and 67 yards, the latter coming on the first play following the break that made it 21-0.

"The tough part was we'd get three, four stops and then they'd get one big play," Peterson said. "That's a killer."

Nate Miller, who caught six balls for 86 yards, found space on an Oakley swing pass and took it 56 yards for the first TD. In the second, Tyler Carpenter slipped out of the backfield uncovered and Oakley dropped the throw in his hands for an easy 25-yard score.

"It's more about flow," Penn coach Cory Yeoman said. "We don't come into a game saying so and so's going to get so many carries. In different games, it's different things. Players like (Oakley) make big plays in big games."

Chesterton moved the ball modestly in the first half, marching once from its 7 to the Penn 44, but was derailed by flags. The Trojans amassed 10 on the night.

"That's the most frustrating part," Peterson said. "Every time we'd mount an attack, move the ball, we'd get a penalty. We beat ourselves in many situations throughout the season. You can't do that against a team like Penn."

The Trojans (4-7) reached the Kingsmen 4 in the fourth quarter, only to  move backwards offensively, ceding the ball at the 8 to preserve the shutout, Penn's sixth of the season. Penn also recorded a safety, tackling Colin McEuen in the end zone.

"They were pretty hungry," Yeoman said. "They like to keep people off the board. That's a tough team that stretched them, that challenged them."

Teal rushed for 70 yards in 17 carries, rebounding from multiple big hits, but managed just 21 yards passing. Alex Katsafaros' 19-yard run late in the game was the Trojans' longest play.

"I've got to hand to the seniors," Peterson said. "They did a phenomenal job buying in, getting on the bandwagon in (my) first year. I appreciate it and I love 'em to death."

Penn will leave its turf to face Lake Central at The Burial Grounds in the regional.

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