When the Chesterton football team met on the field last Friday night after a
victory over LaPorte, the Trojans were already talking about Valparaiso.
“It’s a unique situation,” Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. “For a
multitude of years, they were the cream of the crop in the DAC and it’s
certainly exciting to compete against them. A lot of these kids have grown
up playing against each other in a lot of sports.
“It’s an exciting time.”
Peterson’s biggest problem with his Trojans through the first four weeks has
been their slow start. He doesn’t anticipate that this week.
“This should be a game where there shouldn’t have to be a big motivational
speech before kickoff,” Peterson said. “The fans have been great for us all
year and they’ve really helped us out. We want to build off of that energy
The Vikings will bring a huge offensive line to Chesterton on Friday night
with the intention of running the ball.
“They run power and some iso to get their big lineman going downhill,”
Peterson said. “They’re huge and strong. That creates some concerns and we
need to put ourselves in a position to make plays. That’s been part of our
problem the last couple of weeks.
“Once we are there, we have to make tackles.”
The Vikings defense will be similar to the ones the Trojans have faced
already this year.
“They’ll give us some looks similar to what we’ve seen through the first
couple of weeks,” Peterson said. “They’ll try to stop the running game.
There are some things we can do in the passing game and the running game on
the perimeter to have some success.
“We’ll do what we do and continue to attack.”