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Head coach: Brian Cooney
How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (9-0 Southwest Prairie Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, beat Joliet West then lost to Edwardsville.
2017 regular season schedule:
August 25th vs Minooka
September 1st @ Plainfield North
September 8th vs Joliet West
September 16th @ Plainfield East
September 22nd vs Romeoville
September 29th vs Oswego East
October 7th @ Joliet Central
October 13th vs Plainfield South
October 20th @ Plainfield Central
Biggest storyline: Can the Panthers stay on top of the Southwest Prairie and make a deep run in Class 8A?
Names to watch this season: Senior OL/DL Noah Shannon and Senior DB Josh Shodipo
Biggest holes to fill: Oswego needs to fill a few key spots, including receiver and along the offensive line.
EDGY's Early Take: Oswego has won the Southwest Prairie conference title every season since 2011. The Panthers face several tough tests but they are still the team to beat. Look for Oswego to rely on a very talented defense and a punishing running game, balanced out by senior QB Levi Olson's play-action passing abilities. Senior OL/DL Noah Shannon (Iowa) is an All-State caliber name to watch. Keep an eye on senior DB Josh Shodipo, senior DB Julian Bell and junior RB Charles Coleman as well.