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Frank Lenti out, Jordan Lynch in as Mount Carmel makes coaching change

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Frank Lenti out, Jordan Lynch in as Mount Carmel makes coaching change

Mount Carmel High School announced Friday that Frank Lenti will no longer be the Caravan's head football coach and that former Mount Carmel and Northern Illinois standout Jordan Lynch will take over the football program for the 2018 season.

Congratulations Jordan Lynch, the 2018 Head Coach of Mount Carmel Football. Lynch will succeed the winningest coach in...

Posted by Mount Carmel High School on Friday, December 29, 2017

Lenti, who led the Caravan to 11 state championships, posted a 355-73 record in 33 seasons as Mount Carmel's head coach. Friday, he released a statement claiming he is not retiring but has instead been relived of his coaching duties.

"While I had hoped to honor the commitment I had given the Mount Carmel football student-athletes and families that I would coach them through their time at Mount Carmel, the administration has decided otherwise," Lenti's statement read. "Contrary to what some may have heard, I am not retiring. I love coaching high school football and may pursue that at some point in the future. I will honor my commitment to Mount Carmel and will resume my daily duties in the Development Department for the time being."

Lynch, who graduated from Mount Carmel in 2009, starred at Northern Illinois and was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a senior in 2013. Lynch returned to NIU last season as assistant, coaching running backs.

Five teams you can't overlook come IHSA playoff time

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Five teams you can't overlook come IHSA playoff time

With the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show just days away, here are five teams that you need to keep in mind when the brackets are announced. They could cause big matchup problems once the postseason begins. You can catch show live this Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago+ with live streaming at nbcsportschicago.com/IHSAPairingShow and via the NBC Sports app.

Class 8A

Edwardsville: The Tigers (5-3) got off to a rough start and lost their first three games, including an opening week stunner, 53-49, to Naperville North. It was a game that the Tigers led 42-0 in the second quarter. However, coach Matt Martin and company are riding high with a five-game winning streak. They feature an explosive offense led by junior QB Kendall Abdur-Rahman and a deep group of backs. Keep an eye on freshman RB Justin Johnson. 

Naperville North: The afforementioned Huskies (5-3) have lost two of their last three games but don't be fooled. Naperville North can trade offensive punches with everyone in the 8A field behind QB Drake Davis, WR Nick Calcagno and a deep group of receivers. Senior LB Ryan Marrano leads the Huskie defense. The team has marquee wins over Edwardsville, Wheaton North, Lake Park and Naperville Central.

Class 7A

Mount Carmel: The Caravan (5-3) will wind up starting the state playoffs on the road.  And trust me: every opponent will not be excited to see this tradition-heavy program come to town. Mount Carmel will look towards its running game with QB Alek Thomas (a TCU baseball and football commit) along with a big offensive line led by senior Jeremy Cooper (Cincinnati). 

[MORE: Edgy Tim's Week 9 Power Rankings]

Class 6A

Providence Catholic: The Celtics (5-3) are coming off a tough Week 8 loss to Loyola. Don't let the three losses fool you. The combined record of the three teams Providence lost to is 22-3. Keep an eye on senior RB Deshon Gavin (WIU commit), a big and physical offensive line and a strong group on defense. Providence has won five of its last six games.

Class 5A

Rochelle: It is the last season for Hubs' veteran head coach Kevin Crandall. Rochelle (5-3) will look to run the football early and often. They also have a fast, physical defensive unit. Rochelle's three losses this season come to the likes of Sterling (8-0), Morris (7-1) and Johnsburg (8-0) and this team will be a tough out for every opponent in 5A. Rochelle is 157-95 under Crandall, including three 12-win seasons.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

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 @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Phillips

Head coach: Troy McAllister

How they fared in 2016: 11-2 (5-0 CPL Illini Land of Lincoln Conference), made the Class 4A state playoff field, beat Kewanee, Aurora Central Catholic and Herscher before losing to Johnsburg in the semifinal round.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 14 Mount Carmel]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 26 vs. Loyola Academy

Sept. 1 @ Richards

Sept. 9 vs. Simeon *Gately*

Sept. 17 @ Westinghouse

Sept. 22 vs. Vocational *Mandrake*

Sept. 29 vs. South Shore *Mandrake*

Oct. 6 vs. Raby *Mandrake*

Oct. 13 @ Solorio

Oct. 20 CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: How well can Phillips fare in the regular season and then potentially in Class 3A this year?

Names to watch this season: senior QB J'Bore Gibbs (South Dakota State), senior RB/LB Craig Elmore

Biggest holes to fill: Phillips has experience back all over the field, but the Wildcats will need to replace three graduated starters on the offensive line.

EDGY's early take: The Wildcats just seem to find a way to reload year in and year out and will once again be one of the top teams in the Chicago Public League this season. Class 3A? According to the preseason projections (final classes aren't determined until Playoff Pairings Night), the Wildcats appear to be headed towards Class 3A after being a power in Class 4A over the past four seasons. Keep an eye on the early schedule for the Wildcats which is loaded and includes 8A power Loyola, 6A power Richards and a Week 3 showdown with Simeon.