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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 5 Lincoln-Way East

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School: Lincoln-Way East

Head Coach: Rob Zvonar

How they fared in 2016: 9-3 (5-2 Southwest Suburban Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Taft and Waubonsie Valley before losing to Maine South in the quarterfinal round. 

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Crete-Monee

September 1st @ Maine South

September 8th @ Tinley Park

September 15th vs Sandburg

September 22nd @ Lincoln-Way Central

September 29th @ Homewood-Flossmoor

October 6th vs Lockport

October 13th vs Thornwood

October 20th @ Bolingbrook

Biggest storyline: Can the Griffins live up to the preseason hype and get deep in the Class 8A state playoff field?

Names to watch this season:  Senior DE Devin O'Rourke (Northwestern) QB Brendan Morrissey Senior LB John Christensen

Biggest holes to fill: With a roster hovering around 100 players and 12 returning starters back (6 offense 6 defense) the Griffins will be able to fill most of it's needs this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Lincoln-Way East and head coach Rob Zvonar is a year removed from the merging of Lincoln-Way North and the program is in good shape heading into 2017. The Griffins will need to sort out a few positional battles but the overall talent level and depth is impressive again this fall.  Lincoln-Way East has made the state playoffs in every season since starting up varsity football in 2000 and looks primed for another state playoff run in 2017.