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Trojans get kinks out against Lafayette Jeff

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Chesterton coach Mark Peterson got his first real look at the Trojans Friday night against Lafayette Jeff and left with both feet firmly planted on the fence.

“We had a very scripted offense coming into the scrimmage and we stuck to it,” Peterson said. “We saw some specific things that we wanted to see and we had some really bright moments.”

The Trojans got an 18-yard run from Avery Beeks on their first possession and a 32-yard pass play from Garritt Slatcoff to Matt Estill.

“We got inside the 10-yard line on our first possession, but you have to come away with some points,” Peterson said. “As young as our offense is, we have to continue to get better. I thought Garritt did a pretty good job for us and we got some good runs out of Avery (Beeks) and Tyler (Gillespie).

“We got into the hole pretty well and they can make people miss in the open field. There were some things to build on there.”

On the Trojans second possession, Slatcoff hit Estill from five yards out for Chesterton’s first touchdown. Slatcoff finished 6-of-11 through the air for 55 yards. Estill caught two passes for 37 yards.

“Matt Estill showed us what we thought he was capable of in terms of catching the football,” Peterson said. “He made a great catch for a touchdown and a couple other really nice plays.”

On the Trojans last possession, Slatcoff found Max Benoit for 10 yards and a score.

“In our last possession, we got some other people involved,” Peterson said. “Max Benoit stayed in there and got free in a scramble-setting to catch a touchdown pass. Garritt is doing a good job of finding open people and spreading the ball around.”

Defensively, the Trojans forced one turnover on an interception by Jovon Davis as Lafayette Jeff scored four touchdowns.

“Defensively, we had some really bright moments from Luke Finke and Josh Chorba,” Peterson said. “They are going to be solid and do some nice things from us. Garrett Walker did a good job on the defensive line tonight.

“We do have some things to work on. We have to stay disciplined and not overflow. Generally, there were some things we defended well.”


Posted 8/18/2014