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School: St. Charles East
Head coach: Bryce Farquhar
Assistant Coaches: Tim Wolf, Jon Kittl, Olijuwon Davis, Nolan Possley, Pat Schiller, Brian Teresinski, Gabe Nyenhuis, Mike Budziniski, Greg Bess, Len Asquini and Chris Goryl
How they fared in 2016: 11-1 (6-0 Upstate 8 River), lost to Palatine in the 8A state quarterfinal.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – Rock Island
Sept. 1 – @ Glenbard East
Sept. 8 – @ Geneva
Sept. 15 - vs St. Charles North
Sept. 22 - @ Batavia
Sept. 29 – @ Bartlett
Oct. 6 - Larkin
Oct. 13 - Elgin
Oct. 20 - @ Streamwood
Biggest storyline: Can the Saints make another deep run in Class 8A?
Names to watch this season: Senior QB/DB Clayton Isbell, Senior RB/LB Nick Garlisch and Junior FB/LB Justin Jett
Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will need to reload up front, as junior Justin Hill (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) is the lone returning starter on the offensive line.
EDGY's Early Take: The Saints posted an impressive season in 2016. And sure, they will need to reload a bit, but the overall core is still very strong for the 2017 season. If the Saints can build up on the offensive and defensive lines, they could win the Upstate 8 River and make a strong run in Class 8A again this season.