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Trojan Football invades Portage tonight

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The Chesterton football team will look to bounce back from last Friday’s disappointing 21-14 loss to Valparaiso as they head to Portage tonight to face the Indians.

“We’ve talked about moving on and not letting last Friday define us,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “Our ability to bounce back will prove a lot about who we are. We’ve had a good sense of focus this week.”

The Trojans run directly into a Portage team fresh off an impressive 31-3 victory over Crown Point last week.

“Portage’s quarterback Gage Pearman does a great job. Nathan cherry really runs the ball well,” Peterson said. “When you get to pick sixes in a game, that lets you get a lot of momentum. They’d been on the road for a long time and got to play at home. They were excited.”

Peterson will also be returning home, of sorts, after spending several years as the head coach at Portage.

“It’s just another DAC game for me,” Peterson said. “I’ve been back there the last couple of years as an assistant. My biggest objective is getting us back on track and Portage just happens to be the next game.”

And he’ll be somewhat familiar with the surrounding and the opposition.

“They will throw it a little and try some power stuff,” Peterson said. “They’ll show us a lot of different sets and take advantage of a numbers game. They’ve got a great defensive end that we have to be concerned with.

“They are really hard-nosed defensively.”

The Trojans missed several opportunities to score last Friday and they’ll have to make the most of those to come away with a win against Portage.

“We have to throw the ball with greater efficiency,” Peterson said. “We had that the first four weeks and didn’t get it done last Friday. That has to get back on track. We have to block a little better upfront and keep (quarterback) Cole (Teal) from getting flushed out so much.”

The difference tonight may come in special teams.

“With two evenly matched teams, special teams has to be on,” Peterson said. “They’ve got a great kicker, just like we do, but our return game is getting better. If we can cover them, we can control the game that way hopefully.”

Chesterton at Portage

Where: Portage, 7 p.m.

The Trojans will win if: Chesterton has to take advantage of opportunities in the red zone and be much better in the passing game. After throwing for nearly 150 yards each of the first four weeks, the Trojans threw for just 16 in last Friday’s loss to Valparaiso. The duo of Tyler Gillespie and Avery Beeks have to continue to make plays, while quarterback Cole Teal must be a dual threat.

The Indians wins if: Portage will try to control the ball and efficiently put drives together to keep the Trojans off the field. If they run it and throw it, Chesterton could be in trouble. On the defensive front, if the Indians handle the Trojans offensive line, it’ll be a good night for the Indians.



Posted 9/27/2013