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.
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
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
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.”
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
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,”