Coach Mark Peterson
used the term ‘dismal’ when talking about last year.
football team will look to turn things around when they travel to Griffith
tonight for a scrimmage against the Panthers beginning at 7 p.m.
were really dismal last year,” Peterson said. “We’re going to have to do
some things on offense that we couldn’t do last year if we are going to
compete every Friday night. We have to quit turning it over and keep our
defense off the field.
to hear about being a game manager, but that’s who we have to be.”
for the Trojans will be Andrew Zimmerman.
is back as our starting quarterback,” Peterson said. “I’m excited about the
things he is bringing to the table for us. He’s doing a good job in our
Zimmerman will have
a handful of playmakers to get the ball too, led by senior Louie Razo.
“When you have one
of the fastest guys in the Region, you have to get him the ball,” Peterson
said. “We want him touching the ball 15-20-25 times a game.”
Cory Boren won’t be toting a clipboard on the sideline as his role has
“Cory, along with
Louie, will be one of our primary receivers and will see some time as
fullback,” Peterson said. “Cory has great athleticism and gives us the
opportunity to share the ball.”
include fullback Tony Frencl and receivers Ben Slatcoff, Bryce Norton, Brian
Zidarich and Eric McLaughlin.
“All those guys
have the potential to make some plays,” Peterson said. “They are
inexperienced, but have the talent to get the job done.”
The offensive line
should be vastly improved and may even be a strength of the Trojan offense.
“A lot of our
offensive problems were directly related to the inexperience of our
offensive line,” Peterson said. “We return four guys who saw significant
playing time last year and we’re really excited about that group. We’re
hoping to build on those guys.”
The group includes
Alex Scott (center), Riley Wologo (right tackle), Aramis Solis (right
guard), Charlie Bernth (left tackle) and AJ Waugaman (left guard).
“That should be the
strength of our football team,” Peterson said.
Chesterton will build around the linebacking duo of Brett Roeske and Brandt
“Brett is back as a
three-year starter and Brandt is a two-year starter,” Peterson said. “They
are both doing a great job and Kody Wilkerson will join that group. He’s got
a big, strong frame and isn’t afraid to mix it up.”
Also returning are
safety Max Rodriguez and cornerback Ethan Staubus.
“We return five
guys that played a lot on defense and that’s a really good nucleus,”
Peterson said. “We’ve got a nice group of linebackers and our secondary and
defensive line have some youth that saw some action last year. We’re excited
about what we see.”
On the defensive
line, Alex Dzugas, Kyle Bucy and Fabian Jackson all have showed signs of
being able to hold their own, according to Peterson.
“On defense, Coach
McCoy and his staff do such a great job of giving us a chance to win,”
Peterson said. “We’ll be in games just because of our defense this year and
I’m ok with that.”
On special teams,
the return of Chris VanEekeren to the program is a boost. He’s already been
named punter and is battling with Harley Lohmeyer for place-kicking and
“Our kicking game
gives us a chance to come away with point when last year that opportunity
wasn’t there,” Peterson said. “Chris and Harley are in a competition. Harley
plays soccer and you’d think kicking a soccer ball and a football are
similar, but they really aren’t. He’s really starting to figure it out.”
the regular season on Friday, Aug. 18 when they travel to Hobart for a 7