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Chesterton Football opens with scrimmage at Griffith tonight

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The maroon and gold will finally get to knock heads with someone else as the 2019 high school football season gets underway tonight.

The Trojans will travel to Griffith for an opening night scrimmage against the Panthers beginning at 7 p.m.

“We’re really excited,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “Our kids really believe we can build from one day to the next. We’ve got a great attitude and invincibility about us right now. I’m really excited to see what this team can do.”

The offense will center around a group of seniors in wide receivers Ben Slatcoff and Jake Warren, along with running backs Bryce Pickering and Ryan Klespies.

“We’ve got a great nucleus of guys back at the offensive skill positions,” Peterson said. “Those are guys we’ve seen continue to work and get better. They’ve given us great leadership.”

At the quarterback spot, the Trojans are embroiled in a battle between senior Jacob Coslet and sophomore Chris Mullen. Mullen started at the end of last year and helped lead the Trojans to wins against Lake Central and Crown Point.

“We’ve got a really nice quarterback competition going on,” Peterson said. “It’s encouraging to have competition and they are pushing each other to get better.”

Protecting the quarterback will be a point of emphasis as the Trojans feature two sophomores, two juniors and a senior in a revamped offensive line.

“On the offensive line, we’ve got a new group and have several key pieces to replace,” Peterson said. “We have two sophomores, two juniors and a senior starting right now and that gives them a lot of time to grow together and continue to get better.”

Defensively, Chesterton will have a new group of linebackers to build around, including Matt McCracken, Alex Cotton, David Sharp, Logan Slatton and Gage DeMarco. Up front, Alex Dzugas and Drew Flowers return as starters.

In the defensive backfield, Kyle McWhirter is the lone returning full-time starter, but Mike Williams also saw time in the secondary. Dane Snemis and Slatcoff will also handle coverage duties.

“There is a lot of excitement around the defensive group,” Peterson said. “We’re young in some spots. Our seniors are small in numbers, but huge in leadership and that’s something that’s really great to see.”

In special teams, Klespies will handle punting duties with Jackson Syren holding an edge in the kicking game.

“The kicking game hasn’t completely shaken itself out yet, but will before opening night,” Peterson said.



Posted 8/16/2019




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