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
“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
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
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
“(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.”