The Chesterton football team opens Duneland Athletic Conference play on
Friday night as they travel to Ames Field to take on Michigan City.
But, this isn’t your normal Wolves team.
“They are solid,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “I think everyone
looks at it as City and that’s not who they are. They’ve put up a lot of
points and they’ve taken advantage of things that other teams have tried to
do to them.”
The Wolves return nine starters on offense including junior quarterback Ryan
Washington and senior wide receiver Logan Kaletha.
“Washington really throws the ball well and we have to deal with that,”
Peterson said. “He runs the ball as well, but I’m really worried about his
Washington scored six touchdowns last week in a 57-14 victory over South
Bend Washington, including four on the ground and two through the air.
Both touchdown passes (65 yards, 32 yards) went to Kaletha.
“Our defense is getting better and they are starting to put themselves in
the right position,” Peterson said. “This will be a good test for them and I
think they are excited about it. There is some continuity, experience and
they are starting to get it.”
The Wolves return six starters from a defense that gave up 28.8 points per
game last year, but have allowed just 14 through two games this year.
“Defensively, they do some good things,” Peterson said. “They are more
disciplined and get in the right spots more than they have in the past.”
That defense will have to contain Chesterton quarterback Cole Teal and a
diverse offense that can run and throw.
“Cole has really done a great job of managing the game,” Peterson said. “His
progression over the last couple of months has been outstanding. He’s making
plays and his best football days are still ahead of him.”
The Trojan offensive line also built wide open lanes for running backs Tyler
Gillespie, Avery Beeks and Jon Horvath to run through Monday night against
“Our offensive line is getting better and we blocked people last week,”
Peterson said. “We really got into people and created some running lanes.
They have to continue to progress as we get into DAC play.”