CHESTERTON | Crown Point's offense didn't need any help Friday.
Chesterton provided it anyway.
The balanced Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3) took advantage of seven Trojans turnovers and a blocked punt to roll to a 56-28 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.
Jake Jatis threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards and another score, but was hardly Chesterton's only headache. Tristan Peterson ran for 88 yards and two TDs to go with a scoring reception. Morgan Kral caught three passes for 59 yards and a score and a two-point conversion catch.
"All the credit to the offensive line. They really worked hard all week in practice. It seems like they're finally grooving and that helps me and Tristan out," Jatis said. "All the wideouts were awesome as well. Credit to our defense for getting us the ball in great spots. That really helps the offense. A couple times, we scored on the first plays, and that helps the momentum."
Not to be outdone, the 'Dogs defense and special teams contributed for the Bulldogs as well. Zack Bucci snagged two of the three interceptions thrown by Cole Teal and Connor Andras scooped up a blocked punt and took four yards for a TD as well.
C.P. started quickly and never slowed on offense. Peterson opened the scoring with a 7-yard run after Artie Equihua hooked up with Wess Honaker for 30 yards on a pass off a fake reverse.
Jatis threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He found Kral, a 6-foot-6 tight end, for a 17-yard score, and Tristan Peterson took a swing pass 20 yards, breaking a tackle at the 10 on his way to the end zone. That TD followed a muffed punt, one of three Chesterton turnovers in the first half.
"That was a 10-, possibly 14-point swing," Trojans coach Mark Peterson said. "The frustrating part was we were in position a couple different times and didn't capitalize on the opportunities. Obviously, we've got to take care of the ball better. We gave away 14, 21 points. We're really shooting ourselves in the foot."
Chesterton, which also was flagged for 10 penalties, scored twice in 21 seconds in the third quarter to get within 41-28. Jon Horvath rambled 78 yards and after a Kendell Pelham interception, Teal hits Jordan Dilosa in stride for a 40-yard strike for the Trojans (3-5, 2-4), who played without tailback Avery Beeks.
Teal threw for 218 yards and two scores and also ran one in.
The Trojans have lost four in a row, while Crown Point won its third straight.
"It's a credit to the kids and the coaches," CP coach Kevin Enright said. "People wrote us off, but nobody pointed fingers. They got through the adversity, learned from it, and kept working hard every day. As cliche as it is, we're just trying to get better every day."