MICHIGAN CITY | Preparing for Michigan City's dynamic offense would've been a chore under normal circumstances.
Having only three days to do it made Times No. 6 Chesterton's task even more daunting Friday at Ames Field.
For more than three quarters, it sure looked like it was going to be more than the Trojans could handle, with the Wolves up 31-14 and driving for what looked like nothing more than icing on the cake.
Then things got crazy beyond description. Aided by two long Jordan Dilosa interception returns, Chesterton scored 21 points in the final eight minutes to steal a 35-31 Duneland Athletic Conference victory from the stunned Wolves.
Dilosa's second pick and runback set up the go-ahead score, a Cole Teal 2-yard keeper with 2:38 left. The Wolves then turned the ball over on downs at their 40, and the Trojans ran out the clock.
City (1-2, 0--1) was marching with a 17-point lead when Dilosa came up with his first pickoff, which he sprinted 60 yards to the Wolves' 23. Tyler Gillespie fumbled at the 4, but Steffan Dines pounced on it in the end zone, and the deficit was down to 10 with eight minutes.
Too little, too late, right? Wrong.
After a quick three-and-out by City, Teal marched the Trojans (2-1, 1-0), hitting Austin Stickler for 36 yards down to the MC 22. Gillespie powered in from the 11 to pull Chesterton within 31-28 with 6:11 still to play.
The Wolves were moving again when Dilosa swiped another Washington pass at 5:17, dashing 43 yards down the same sideline to the 17. Two procedure penalties put the Trojans into a long-yardage predicament, but Teal found Beeks over the middle for a first down at the 7 on third-and-13. Teal did the rest, putting Chesterton in front.
In a battle of dual-threat QBs, Teal rushed for 59 and threw for 170, 82 of those to Beeks.
Washington, brilliant until the late going, rushed for 115 and threw for 149. All but 13 of those yards went to Logan Kaletha, who scored on touchdowns of 10 and 54 yards, the latter coming on a deep ball that bounced off the back of Andrew Ralph into Kaletha's hands just 1:25 into the game. Little did anyone know of the madness to follow.