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Timeout Football: Chesterton’s loss, Munster’s upset make for interesting Week 2

The ChestertTrojans conduct pre-seaspractice Thursday August 8 2003. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media

The Chesterton Trojans conduct a pre-season practice on Thursday, August 8, 2003. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:19AM



Week 2 of the high school football season and the Game of the Week is already interesting: Munster at Chesterton.

It’s surprising for two reasons.

First, Munster upset a solid Lake Central team and Chesterton was upset by South Bend St. Joseph, a 3A program, on the road.

As one coach said, it’s foolish to try to read the tea leaves for a high school team after the season opener. There just isn’t enough practice time and real competition before the game to get a sense of how the season will go.

One thing is certain, though. This game is suddenly very important for the Trojans’ confidence. They let one get away against St. Joe, allowing a 65-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:45.

Chesterton coach Mark Peterson is preaching consistency. His team scored with 1:45 left but the defense, which is young, couldn’t handle St. Joe quarterback Matthew Monserez. Monserez completed four passes on the final drive.

“”We have to finish,” Peterson said “We have to finish before something happens. In a perfect world, we would’ve scored with seven seconds left but that didn’t happen. We have to get it done before that.”

The Trojans will have their hands full against a Mustangs team that has reverted back to its past to shape its offensive identity.

Munster plays with a split backfield (two halfbacks) and a quarterback in the pistol (lined up 3 to 5 yards behind the center).

Munster coach Leroy Marsh calls it his old Houston set. It worked well against the Indians, a team with one of the best defenses in the area.

Munster rushed for 110 yards against the Indians in a 27-9 victory.

The Mustangs like to spread the ball around between Seth Gutwein, a running back who was converted from quarterback last year, quarterback Joey Jumonville and three other backs — Steve Herndon, Dom Lucito and Jeff Proctor.

Last year, the Mustangs, who finished 5-5, played well at the end of the season, losing by a touchdown to Merrillville in the opener of the sectionals.

Marsh has felt good about this team for a while.

“We’re happy about it,” he said of the win. “It was an eight month deal to get over last season and go forward.”

Chesterton will likely challenge the Mustangs more on offense than LC did. Quarterback Cole Teal is a big play guy and Chris Katsafaros is another skill player, who can break open a game.



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