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Outlook: The Trojans have allowed 10 points in two games and could well be 2-0, having lost 10-9 to Hobart in their opener after missing a 33-yard field goal on the final play. The missed kick aside, Chris VanEekeren is a big weapon on kickoffs and punts as well. Coslet made his first start behind center and responded with three touchdown passes against Hobart, Pickering emerging as his favorite target. "They’re a team that should be 2-0; tough loss to Hobart," Wolves coach Phil Mason said. "Defensively, they have size and are active. The (middle linebacker Kody Wilkerson) is a very good player. They are big and physical. On offense, they are back to spreading you out and every week they will improve their option attack. We have to be ready to play. The kicking game is exceptional." City looks like the team to beat as the Duneland Athletic Conference schedule begins.

The theme here will be speed. Can Chesterton match up with the Wolves in that aspect on both sides of the ball? The Trojans will look to make this a ball control, field position type game. A track meet favors City, while a grind gives Chesterton a chance.

Outlook: The winless Vikings should be really hungry for a win, after losing both of their games so far this year, 21-3 at Penn, and 29-20 at Mishawaka. And playing their home opener, they’re likely going to be even more fired up. The defending Duneland Athletic Conference champs don’t want to start the DAC slate with a loss and fall to 0-3 overall. And Valpo might remember losing at home to La Porte two years ago, when the Slicers went for a two-point conversion and the win in the waning seconds. “Valparaiso has a quarterback who really can zip the ball, to the short portions of the field, and throws it deep very well, too,” La Porte coach Dave Sharpe said. “We’re very impressed with how they disperse the ball. They have many weapons in their spread offense and they have a lot of kids returning from that great team they had last year. They’re going to be a tough challenge to slow them down. Defensively, it kind of comes back to the two twins, Max and Tyler Bukur. Those kids are big, physical guys at linebacker. They really stand out on film.” Despite a much-improved effort, the Slicers dropped their second straight game to begin the season, 21-20, to Hobart at home last Friday. This contest at Valpo will be a good measuring stick to see where La Porte stands against one of the DAC’s best teams. The Slicers must limit their mistakes, something that hurt them in last week’s setback. Like the Vikings, La Porte should be desperate for a victory, wanting to avoid an 0-3 start to the campaign for the first time since 2013. Despite the tough start, Sharpe added his team’s mindset is upbeat. “I’m so proud of our team,” he said. “Any time you lose a heartbreaker, you never know how the kids are going to respond. You can just sense there’s an improved attitude, more of a mental toughness.” Sharpe added Slicers’ starting linebacker Landen Cerrillos, who also missed last Friday’s game, is a game-time decision this week with an unspecified injury.

Outlook: Friday starts a huge four-game stretch for New Prairie, starting with the visiting 59ers. The Cougars trounced the visitors a year ago just like they have their first two opponents in 2018 by a combined score of 97-14. This is their first test in the next four games (with three at home) before a huge matchup with 6A No. 4 Penn on the road during the final week of September. The Cougars can put up points as shown in their first two outings, but if their young and talented offensive line has some issues with Andrean senior Evan Satoski, the game could be a bit more interesting than many expect. Still, this is better competition than the Cougars saw last week and they’ll likely be up for the challenge at home. "They do a lot of stuff like, imagine that, Michigan City," New Prairie coach Russ Radtke said. "(Andrean coach Chris Skinner) played for (MC coach Phil) Mason and was his offensive coach for a long time. They’re a lot different than La Porte and Clay. They do a little both (running and passing) and they have a great kicker, so they’re always going to put us deep. It’s going to be a good challenge." The teams have scheduled to continue the series the next two years.