football team will get the 2018 season started tonight when they host
Griffith in an IHSAA scrimmage beginning at 7 p.m.
“We have a great
group of 29 seniors that have been in the program for quite some time and
have seen the ups and downs we’ve gone through,” Chesterton head coach Mark
Peterson said. “Our upperclassmen have to be healthy. Our juniors and
seniors are good enough to keep us in a lot of ballgames.”
The Trojans will
again build around a defense that features three-year starting linebacker
Kody Wilkerson and 2 1/2- year starters Max Rodriguez and Ethan Staubus.
“We’ve always built
our team around our defense and we’ll rely on them again,” Peterson said.
“We’ve got some great experience in the defensive backfield.”
It’s the front
seven of the defense that may worry Peterson.
“On the defensive
line, we’ve got some things to replace,” Peterson said. “Karanbir Singh is a
full-time guy back from last year, but we graduated just about everybody
else in our front seven. We have some youth in Alex Dzugas and Bishop
Polizotto that are starting to play well for us.”
On the offensive
side of the ball, senior Cory Boren will get the opening week nod at
have a good nucleus coming back with Cory Boren who has been a periodic
starter at quarterback for us,” Peterson said. “Four starting linemen are
back in Riley Wologo, AJ Waugaman, Charlie Bernth and Luke Chorba. The fifth
spot is something we are working through with Wes Peterson and Singh seeing
“That’s a good
nucleus for us up there.”
When Boren hands
the ball off, or runs the option, Tony Frencl and Ryan Klespies will be
there for him.
“Tony does a great
job and has really be a stalwart for us in the backfield and Ryan Klespies
got a lot better as the season went on last year,” Peterson said. “They will
be our primary go-to guys.”
On the outside,
Boren will look for 6-foot-6 receiver Jake Warren and junior Ben Slatcoff.
“I like where we
are at,” Peterson said. “The athleticism and skill of our players should
give us a chance to win every Friday night.”
Special team duties
will be handled by senior Chris VanEekeren.
position will be a huge key for us,” Peterson said. “He’s a D1 punter and
kicker and it gives us a chance to put points on the board if the offense