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Trojans show positives and negatives in opening football scrimmage

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The Chesterton Trojans and new head coach Mark Peterson got their first look at an opponent Friday night at Lafayette Jeff with positives and negatives coming out of the opener.

“We got to see a lot of kids and evaluate them tonight,” Peterson said. “I’m really encouraged coming out of here.”

The Trojans opened on defense against an explosive Bronchos’ offense that includes defending 100 track champion and quarterback Matt Johnson along with tailback Darian Green (3rd in the 100).

“We won’t see speed like that very many times during the season,” Peterson said. “I think defensively in the first series we did some good things. The quarterback and tailback are state caliber track guys and we did a pretty good job containing them.

“That’s very encouraging for us.”

On the 15-play series by the Bronchos’ that started on their own 35, the Trojans got an interception from Andrew Ralph on the third play from scrimmage.

“Defensively, we work on forcing turnovers all the time,” Peterson said. “We need to get the ball back for our offense with a chance to put points on the board.”

Jeff did put a touchdown on the board when Green broke through the defense from 49 yards out.

The Trojans struggled on their first offensive possession holding onto the football with a pair of fumbles.

“Offensively, we did some really nice things,” Peterson said. “We have to hang on to the football. Some of the things that went wrong on our first series are correctable. We can go back look at film and correct those things in practice.”

Chesterton did get a 14-yard completion from Cole Teal to Davielle Stewart. Jon Horvath recorded runs of nine yards and 14 yards, while Avery Beeks had a 16-yard run on an option pitch. Tyler Gillespie also added a nine-yard run.

“(Austin) Stickler made a nice catch tonight and I thought Horvath and Gillespie ran the ball well,” Peterson said. “Those guys are the meat of what we are trying to do and we’ll rely on them heavily.”

When the Trojans took over offensively with 10 plays from the 10-yard line, they converted three times for touchdowns.

Beeks scored from one-yard out and Teal ran one in from nine yards away. Teal also hit Stickler for a 12-yard TD reception.

“Our ability inside the 10 yard line to get the ball in the end zone and do some good things was nice to see this early in the year,” Peterson said.

Teal finished the night 4-of-6 through the air for 41 yards, while Horvath carried the ball five times for 41 yards. Stickler made a team-high two receptions for 18 yards.

“I was really pleased with Cole’s poise in the pocket and on rollouts,” Peterson said. “Those are things we thought we had to be able to do and he did those things. Cole did a nice job tonight.”



Posted 8/19/2013