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Trojans host Slicers in 2013 Homecoming Game

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By TR HARLAN

Mark Peterson’s first Homecoming game as head coach of the Chesterton football team looks good on paper.

But, they don’t play it there.

“They are 0-3 but when you look at that number you don’t really see what they are capable of,” Peterson said. “They are young with a lot of experience. They played a lot of sophomores and juniors last year and now they are juniors and seniors.”

Peterson’s biggest concern, and rightly so, is his team.

“Our goal this week is to take the field with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and energy,” Peterson said. “I didn’t feel like we did that last week.”

The Trojans will be faced with a different task in stopping the Slicers’ offense than it did in Michigan City last week.

“They do some nice things in the running game,” Peterson said. “Its old school football and they’ll just run downhill and come right at you. Defensively, we have to get off the field on third down.”

Offensively, the Trojans will continue to rely on quarterback Cole Teal’s decision making and the big play ability of Avery Beeks.

“Cole and Avery are starting to come into their own,” Peterson said. “I think its playing experience and a comfort level with what they are seeing and in their roles. I feel really good about how our offensive line is playing too.

“We’re looking for everyone else to fall in line with those guys.”

The Slicer defense will give the Trojans a different look than they’ve seen the last couple of weeks as well.

“They will give us a different front than we’ve seen the last two weeks,” Peterson said. “I think we have a chance on the perimeter to make some plays. We have an advantage in team speed and we need to utilize it.”

Special teams may be a deciding factor Friday night as well. The Trojan duo of Caleb Gmyrek and Nate Needham have covered some potential liabilities with their big legs.

“Special teams is always going to be crucial,” Peterson said. “We have to remain consistent and establish a better level to win the kicking game. It’s been a non-factor so far, but we need to do a better job of covering and making blocks.”

 

Posted 9/13/2013