Mark Peterson’s first Homecoming game as head coach of the Chesterton
football team looks good on paper.
But, they don’t play it there.
“They are 0-3 but when you look at that number you don’t really see what
they are capable of,” Peterson said. “They are young with a lot of
experience. They played a lot of sophomores and juniors last year and now
they are juniors and seniors.”
Peterson’s biggest concern, and rightly so, is his team.
“Our goal this week is to take the field with a renewed sense of enthusiasm
and energy,” Peterson said. “I didn’t feel like we did that last week.”
The Trojans will be faced with a different task in stopping the Slicers’
offense than it did in Michigan City last week.
“They do some nice things in the running game,” Peterson said. “Its old
school football and they’ll just run downhill and come right at you.
Defensively, we have to get off the field on third down.”
Offensively, the Trojans will continue to rely on quarterback Cole Teal’s
decision making and the big play ability of Avery Beeks.
“Cole and Avery are starting to come into their own,” Peterson said. “I
think its playing experience and a comfort level with what they are seeing
and in their roles. I feel really good about how our offensive line is
“We’re looking for everyone else to fall in line with those guys.”
The Slicer defense will give the Trojans a different look than they’ve seen
the last couple of weeks as well.
“They will give us a different front than we’ve seen the last two weeks,”
Peterson said. “I think we have a chance on the perimeter to make some
plays. We have an advantage in team speed and we need to utilize it.”
Special teams may be a deciding factor Friday night as well. The Trojan duo
of Caleb Gmyrek and Nate Needham have covered some potential liabilities
with their big legs.
“Special teams is always going to be crucial,” Peterson said. “We have to
remain consistent and establish a better level to win the kicking game. It’s
been a non-factor so far, but we need to do a better job of covering and