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40 Days to Kickoff: Highland Park

40 Days to Kickoff: Highland Park

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Highland Park

Head coach: Joe Horeni

Assistant Coaches: Jason Newberger, Tony Monken, Randy Hoffman, Jimmy Knotek, Anthony Kopp, Ryan Kaltenmark , Don McCord, Bob McCraren, Owen Kugler, Davy Lindquist

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference), made the 2016 Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Plainfield North in opening round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs Libertyville

Sept. 1 – @ Lakes

Sept. 8 – vs Hersey

Sept. 15- @ Prospect

Sept. 22 - @ Vernon Hills

Sept. 29 – vs Glenbrook North

Oct. 6 - vs Deerfield

Oct. 14 - vs Maine West

Oct. 20- @ Maine East

Biggest storyline: Can the Giants go back-to-back state playoff appearances and also advance deeper in 7A?

Names to watch this season:  Junior OL/RB/LB Tom Motzko and Senior QB John Sakos

Biggest holes to fill: While the Giants have a good number of returning starters back (6 offense 7 defense), can they develop much needed depth from the remaining roster?

EDGY's Early Take: Highland Park had a solid season in 2016 including an impressive Week 9 win over Class 5A state finalist Vernon Hills before running into a buzzsaw at Plainfield North (Class 7A state finalist) in the IHSA Class 7A state playoffs. I look for the Giants to again challenge for the CSL North conference crown and to make more noise in Class 7A this coming season.

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High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

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