Preps Talk

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No.25 St. Charles East

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 Conference) The Saints made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Lockport and New Trier before losing to Palatine in the quarterfinal round.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Rock Island

September 1st @ Glenbard East

September 8th @ Geneva

September 15th vs St. Charles North

September 22nd @ Batavia

September 29th @ Bartlett

October 6th vs Larkin

October 13th vs Elgin

October 20th @ Streamwood

Biggest storyline: Can the Saints play deeper into November in Class 8A this season?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB/S Clayton Isbell, Senior RB/OLB Nick Garlisch (South Dakota St) and Junior RB Justin Jett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints have just one starter back on the offensive line (junior OL Justin Hull) and the defensive line (senior DL Pat Griffin).

EDGY's Early Take: Despite having to reload quite a bit up front, this Saints team returns a ton of explosive playmaker types. Senior Clayton Isbell (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) will play under center and spearhead the power running game. The team also features a strong group of backs, including senior Nick Garlisch and junior Justin Jett. On the defensive side, senior LB Abe Swanson (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) is one of five starters back and is part of a defensive unit that boast a ton of speed.