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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 3 Loyola

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 3 Loyola

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

School: Loyola Academy

Head Coach: John Holocek

Assistant Coaches: Beau Desherow, Tim Feldheim, Pete Devine, Mike Dooley, Tyler Vradenburg, Mike Kotowski, Pat Naughton, Ryan Gallagher

How they fared in 2016: 13-1 (4-0 Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated O'Fallon, Oswego East, Huntley and Glenbard West before losing to Maine South in the Class 8A state title game.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 26th vs Phillips at Gately Stadium

September 1st vs Bishop Amat at New Trier

September 9th vs Mount Carmel

September 15th @ St. Francis

September 23rd vs Fenwick

September 29th @ St. Rita

October 7th vs Leo

October 13th @ Providence Catholic

October 21st vs Brother Rice

Biggest storyline: Can the Ramblers replace 16 graduated starters and not skip a beat in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OL Charlie Gross (Fordham) Senior DL Marty Geary Senior RB Hamid Bullie

Biggest holes to fill: The Ramblers will need to replace 9 starters on offense.

EDGY's Early Take: If any program in the State of Illinois has proven that they can reload year in and year out, it's the Ramblers under head coach John Holocek. Loyola will no question have challenges starting Week 1 against Phillips, yet the program remains strong at all levels. Keep an eye on several new faces including QB Quinn Boyle along with WR Noah Jones and TE Charlie Gilroy.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 4 Glenbard West

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 4 Glenbard West

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

School: Glenbard West

Head Coach: Chad Hetlet

Assistant Coaches: John SIgmund, Rick Heckman, Jon Schweighardt, Carl Landi, Mike Hofland, Joe Kish, Shea Moroni

How they fared in 2016: 10-3 (4-2 West Suburban Silver Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Neuqua Valley, Homewood-Flossmoor and Edwardsville before losing to Loyola in the semifinal round.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 26th vs Maine South

September 2nd vs Proviso East

September 8th @ Addison Trail

September 16th vs York

September 22nd @ Downers Grove North

September 29th @ Lyons Township

October 7th vs Hinsdale Central

October 13th @ Oak Park-River Forest

October 21th vs Proviso West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hilltoppers run the table in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB Ryan Diver, senior WR Alec Pierce, senior RB/LB Dre Thomas

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will look to reload on the offensive line this summer with just one returning starter back in senior OC Connor Skryd. 

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard West and head coach Chad Hetlet will look toward the offense - in particular his backfield - as a strength with senior RB Ryan Diver along with senior RB Dre Thomas headlining the Hilltoppers running attack. Senior QB Alex Hollensbe is a threat with the run and the pass and senior WR Alec Pierce is a headliner. If the defense comes ready to play out of the gates this has the makings of another team capable of big things in 2017.

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

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

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

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.