CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 1 Prairie Ridge

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 1 Prairie Ridge

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: Prairie Ridge

Head Coach: Chris Schremp

How they fared in 2016: 14-0 (8-0 Fox Valley Conference), made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Deerfield, Montini Catholic, Lake Forest, DeKalb and Sacred Heart Griffin to win the 2016 Class 6A state title. 

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 26 vs. Cary Grove

Sept. 1 @ Huntley

Sept. 8 vs. Crystal Lake Central

Sept. 15 @ Crystal Lake South

Sept. 22 vs. Bartlett

Sept. 29 @ McHenry

Oct. 6 @ Hampshire

Oct. 13 vs. Jacobs

Oct. 20 vs. Dundee-Crown

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves repeat and win back-to-back state titles?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB Samson Evans (Iowa), senior OL Jeff Jenkins (Iowa), senior LB Joe Perhats

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to fill in a few spots in the secondary as well as at linebacker this summer.

EDGY's Early Take: Schremp and the Wolves had a terrific state title run and several key players are back this fall. Evans will again cause havoc in running the Wolves double wing offense and will rely on three starting offensive linemen, including Iowa verbal commit Jenkins (6-foot-4, 280 pounds). The Wolves defense also has experience back and both senior LBs Jacob Ommen and Perhats are speedy sideline-to-sideline hitters and leaders. The Wolves biggest challenge for now is a rough first two weeks of the season hosting Cary-Grove on Friday then traveling to Huntley in Week 2.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 2 Maine South

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 2 Maine South

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

School: Maine South

Head Coach: Dave Inserra

How they fared in 2016: 11-3 (4-1 Central Suburban South Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated West Aurora, Barrington, Lincoln-Way East, Palatine and Loyola Academy to win the 2016 Class 8A state title. 

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 26 @ Glenbard West

Sept. 1 vs Lincoln-Way East

Sept. 8 vs Fremd

Sept. 15 @ Palatine

Sept. 22 vs Evanston

Sept. 29 @ Niles North

Oct. 6 vs Glenbrook South

Oct. 13 @ New Trier

Oct. 20 @ Niles West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hawks reload and also survive a rugged regular season schedule in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB Fotis Kokosioulis (NIU), Senior WR/DB Cam Stacy, Senior QB John O'Sullivan

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks return just five returning starters (two offense, three defense) this season. 

EDGY's Early Take: No question the Hawks will have to fill several spots this summer, but Maine South always finds a way to get the job done. The Hawks will look towards it's leader in senior RB Fotis Kokosioulis, who is verbally committed to NIU, to get several touches this fall. Maine South also has a young but very promising offensive linemen group and the backs and receivers are never in short supply. The Hawks biggest foe in 2017 could be a schedule that includes two top ranked teams (No. 4 ranked Glenbard West and No. 5 ranked Lincoln-Way East) to start the season.

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.