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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 8 Waubonsie Valley

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 July 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Waubonsie Valley

Head Coach: Paul Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Ron Griffin, Tom Baumgartner, Brad Caldwell, Tom Santoria, Chris Genslinger, Noel Soto, Ken Anderson, Moe Adewole, Jason Mead, Ryan Voitik, Duane Butts, Dan Howell, Mike Whitt

How they fared in 2016: 6-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Hinsdale Central then lost to Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 vs Lake Park

Sept. 1 Glenbard North

Sept. 8 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept. 15 vs Naperville Central

Sept. 22 @ Metea Valley

Sept. 28 vs Wheaton South

Oct. 6 vs Lincoln-Way Central

Oct. 13 @ Naperville North

Oct. 20 @ Wheaton North

Biggest storyline: Can the Warriors win the final season of the always tough DuPage Valley Conference under this current team configuration?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Charles Robinson, Senior DB Derric Lee, Senior QB Tanner Westwood

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to fins some new faces to play on the defensive line this season.

EDGY's Early Take: The Warriors and head coach Paul Murphy have been building for this season for a few years now. Waubonsie Valley welcomes back 13 starters (8 offense, 5 defense) and several of those same starters are multi-year starters as well. Life is never easy for anyone in the DuPage Valley, yet the talent level and experience factor has never been higher than this season for Waubonsie Valley.