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School: Notre Dame
Head coach: Mike Hennessey
Assistant Coaches: Dan DefRanza, Fred Proesel, Eric Hennessey, Pat Gallagher, Joe Pauley
How they fared in 2016: 6-4 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference), made the Class 8A state playoffs and lost to Palatine in opening round action.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ South Bend Adams
Sept. 1 – @ Benet Academy
Sept. 8 – @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 15 - vs Joliet Catholic
Sept. 22 - vs St. Patrick @ Triton College
Sept. 29 – vs Carmel
Oct. 6 - @ Marian Catholic
Oct. 13 - @ Marian Central Catholic
Oct. 21- St. Viator
Biggest storyline: Can the Dons win on the road in 2017?
Names to watch this season: Senior OL Brian Beran Senior DE Kyle Gallagher
Biggest holes to fill: The Dons will look to replace seven graduated starters on defense from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Despite just four starters back on defense the Dons also bring back a ton on offense with 8 starters in the fold from a year ago. The schedule maker also did Notre Dame no favors which includes six road games including the first three on the road. If the Dons can win early on the road they have a great chance of getting back into the state playoffs again in 2017.