Having to replace 10 starters, many of them multi-year regulars, means there are plenty of jobs up for grabs on Chesterton's defense. Its scrimmage at Lafayette Jefferson on Friday was a chance for the coaching staff to find some answers to all the questions.
Andrew Ralph, the sole returning starter, ended a Jeff drive with an interception. Trojans coach Mark Peterson also had praise for defensive end Evan Gill, tackle Nate Michael, linebacker Tommy St. Germain and cornerbacks Niles Dilosa and Kendell Pehlman.
"We consider about 17 guys throughout the the positions as part of the first group," Peterson said. "We got a nice start in solidifying our depth charts." -- Jim Peters
Hold on loosely: Chesterton's offensive production at Lafayette Jeff was stymied by four fumbles, three of which the Trojans lost. Two long drives ended with turnovers in Bronchos territory.
"Ball security was an issue," Peterson said. "From that perspective, the things we need to work on are correctable, things we can fix real easily. They're more mental than physical."
Cole Teal's play at quarterback was a bright spot.
"Cole showed great poise, really solid leadership in running the offense," Peterson said. "He made great decisions in reading what the defense was giving us and he distributed the ball well." -- Jim Peters
STICKING WITH OFFENSE: Wheeler coach Tony Klimczak admits it. He loves offense. Defense, eh, not so much.
With a young coaching staff and no one able to take on the duties of defensive coordinator last season, Klimczak assumed the dual role.
"I tried to do both and was a miserable failure," he said.
Robert Ochs took over after the Whiting game in Week 3 and started in that capacity from the beginning this season.
"He's worked exceptionally hard," Kilmczak said. "He's so organized. He's doing really well."
That's great for Klimczak, who can concentrate on scoring points.
"We'll always be an offensive team," he said. — Jim Peters