Glenbrook North

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 24 Simeon

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 24 Simeon

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. Leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25., we unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

School: Simeon

Head coach: Dante Culbreath

How they fared in 2016: 8-6 (4-1 Chicago Public League Illini Red Bird Conference), made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Glenbrook North.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Oak Park-River Forest *Gately*

Sept. 1 @ Detroit Cass Tech

Sept. 9 vs. Phillips *Gately*

Sept. 15 vs. Lane Tech *Lane*

Sept. 23 vs. Whitney Young *Gately*

Sept. 28 vs. Taft *Gately*

Oct. 5 vs. Dunbar *Gately*

Oct. 14 vs. Curie *Gately*

Oct. 20 CPL Playoffs Round 1

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolverines make a deep run in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior WR Jayshon Jackson, senior WR Leon Payne, junior QB Alante Brown

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolverines will need to reload on the offensive line after graduating nearly its entire starting lineup from a season ago. 

EDGY's early take: The Wolverines have the makings of one of the most dangerous offenses in Chicago this season. Fully expect the Wolverines to have the ability to show off its quick strike ability all season long. Keep an eye on playmakers Jackson (Cincinnati), Payne (NIU) and on the rise junior QB/ATH Brown who is already drawing scholarship offers. If the Simeon offensive line and defense develops as expected, this team could be a serious state playoff threat.

47 Days to Kickoff: Glenbrook North

47 Days to Kickoff: Glenbrook North

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: Glenbrook North

Head coach: Bob Pieper

Assistant Coaches: Matt Purdy, Mike Standerski, Dom Savino, Justin Georgacakis and Justin Weiner

How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference), made the Class 7A state playoffs, defeated Simeon then lost to Willowbrook.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs Wheeling

Sept. 1 – @ Grant

Sept. 8 – Elk Grove 

Sept. 15 - @ Schaumburg

Sept. 22 - vs Maine West

Sept. 29 – @ Highland Park

Oct. 6 - Maine East

Oct. 13 - @ Deerfield

Oct. 21- @ Vernon Hills

Biggest storyline: Can the Spartans reload and get back into the state playoff field in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB Jimmy Karfis, senior OL Skylar Metzger

Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans will need to reload especially on defense with just 2 starters back from a season ago..

EDGY's Early Take: The Spartans and head coach Bob Pieper always seem to find a way to compete at the top level of the Central Suburban North. Look for Glenbrook North to get the football into the hands of standout senior RB Jimmy Karfis early and often. We'll also see how a young Spartans defense and passing game develops, especially early on this fall. Look for Glenbrook North to, once again, be in the hunt for the CSL North conference title and a state playoff spot.