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Chesterton Football opens DAC play

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton football team opens Duneland Athletic Conference play on Friday night as they travel to Ames Field to take on Michigan City.

But, this isn’t your normal Wolves team.

“They are solid,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “I think everyone looks at it as City and that’s not who they are. They’ve put up a lot of points and they’ve taken advantage of things that other teams have tried to do to them.”

The Wolves return nine starters on offense including junior quarterback Ryan Washington and senior wide receiver Logan Kaletha.

“Washington really throws the ball well and we have to deal with that,” Peterson said. “He runs the ball as well, but I’m really worried about his arm.”

Washington scored six touchdowns last week in a 57-14 victory over South Bend Washington, including four on the ground and two through the air.

Both touchdown passes (65 yards, 32 yards) went to Kaletha.

“Our defense is getting better and they are starting to put themselves in the right position,” Peterson said. “This will be a good test for them and I think they are excited about it. There is some continuity, experience and they are starting to get it.”

The Wolves return six starters from a defense that gave up 28.8 points per game last year, but have allowed just 14 through two games this year.

“Defensively, they do some good things,” Peterson said. “They are more disciplined and get in the right spots more than they have in the past.”

That defense will have to contain Chesterton quarterback Cole Teal and a diverse offense that can run and throw.

“Cole has really done a great job of managing the game,” Peterson said. “His progression over the last couple of months has been outstanding. He’s making plays and his best football days are still ahead of him.”

The Trojan offensive line also built wide open lanes for running backs Tyler Gillespie, Avery Beeks and Jon Horvath to run through Monday night against Munster.

“Our offensive line is getting better and we blocked people last week,” Peterson said. “We really got into people and created some running lanes. They have to continue to progress as we get into DAC play.”

 

 

Posted 9/9/2013