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Trojan Football opens with scrimmage tonight

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The Chesterton 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 quarterback.

“Offensively, we 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 reps.

“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.

“Changing field 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 stalls.”


Posted 8/10/2018






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