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Head coach: Craig Buzea
How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (7-0 Southwest Suburban Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Evanston then lost to Glenbard West in second-round action.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 vs. Michigan City, Indiana
Sept. 1 @ South Durham, North Carolina
Sept. 8 @ Stagg
Sept. 15 vs. Bolingbrook
Sept. 22 @ Lincoln-Way West
Sept. 28 vs. Lincoln-Way East
Oct. 6 vs. Bradley
Oct. 13 @ Andrew
Oct. 20 @ Sandburg
Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings get deep into the Class 8A state playoffs in 2017?
Names to watch this season: senior RB/DB Justin Hall (NIU), senior DL Jeff Griffin (NIU), senior LB Mario Wright II (Western Kentucky)
Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings will need to fill some important spots including the quarterback position this fall.
EDGY's early take: If any program can reload each year it's the Vikings under Buzea. The Vikings will look towards Hall, who can see action at any number of positions including returner. Griffin moved over from the offensive line, while Wright II is another name to watch along with junior defensive back Wynston Russell, a top Class of 2019 player who transferred in from De La Salle. Homewood-Flossmoor has the overall numbers, talent and depth to once again be a real threat in Class 8A this season.