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Trojan Football starts tonight at Griffith

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Coach Mark Peterson used the term ‘dismal’ when talking about last year.

The Chesterton 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.

“Offensively, we 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.

“Quarterback’s hate to hear about being a game manager, but that’s who we have to be.”

That quarterback for the Trojans will be Andrew Zimmerman.

“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 passing attack.”

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.”

Backup quarterback Cory Boren won’t be toting a clipboard on the sideline as his role has expanded.

“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.”

Other playmakers 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.

Defensively, Chesterton will build around the linebacking duo of Brett Roeske and Brandt Wilder.

“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 kickoff duties.

“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.”

Chesterton opens the regular season on Friday, Aug. 18 when they travel to Hobart for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


Posted 8/11/2017




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