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In for the long haul? Five teams who impressed in Week One

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In for the long haul? Five teams who impressed in Week One

While we are still just one week into the 2017 IHSA football season, a few schools came away with eye-catching victories in the opening weekend. Could the following five teams stick around for the long haul?

Addison Trail- The Blazers posted a strong 28-0 win over Glenbard South to open the season. Head coach Paul Parpet Jr. has a standout in senior RB Nick D'Ambrose. A-Trail also brings back experienced line play on both sides of the football. They travel to Elmhurst to take on York this week.

Hillcrest- The biggest high school football question in Country Club Hills was regarding new head coach Morgan Weaver: could he carry over the Hawks' success from former head coach Marquise Cole? After the Hawks blasted Morgan Park 52-0 last Saturday, it's looking like Hillcrest should be just fine this fall. Hillcrest hosts the Stars from Rich South Friday.

St. Edward- The Green Wave got off to a torrid 4-0 start last season before losing five straight games to end the season. But after Friday's impressive 44-26 win over 5A power Metamora, you can't help but get excited about the Green Wave's chances in 2017. Senior QB Dylan Mlinarich, an All-State quarterback last season, is one of several returning starters to watch this fall. No rest for the Wave, though, as they welcome a solid Chicago Hope Academy team to Elgin Friday night.

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

Lake Park- The Lancers pulled off one of the most impressive upset wins last Friday, beating Waubonsie Valley 36-34. And as a result, they picked up a huge early-season DuPage Valley Conference victory. Lake Park and head coach Chris Roll took their lumps last season, finishing 2-7. However, they welcomed back 30 seniors and feature a roster loaded with varisity experience. Keep an eye on senior QB Jackson Behles and senior LB Gino Romano for the Lancers. Up next: a home date with Wheaton Warrenville South Friday night.

Oswego East- The Wolves and head coach Tyson LeBlanc had several big questions heading into the season. One of them figuring out how to replace several starters from last year's 9-2 state playoff team. In steps junior ATH Justin Clark, who can play several spots for the Wolves including quarterback. Illinois verbal commit DB Antwain Walker is another name to watch. Both played huge roles in the Oswego East 36-20 win over Joliet West last Friday. The Wolves travel to Romeoville on Friday.
 

41 Days to Kickoff: Walter Payton College Prep

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41 Days to Kickoff: Walter Payton College Prep

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: Payton Prep

Head coach: George Klupchak

How they fared in 2016: 8-3 (5-0, CPL Illini Heartland Conference), made the 2016 Class 5A playoff field and lost to Marian Central Catholic in opening-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs. Whitney Young (Lane Stadium)

Sept. 1 – @ Lincoln Park (Lane Stadium)

Sept. 8 – vs. Kenwood (Lane Stadium)

Sept. 15- vs. Marshall (Lane Stadium)

Sept. 22 - @ Linblom (Linblom Park)

Sept. 29 – @ Robeson (Stagg)

Oct. 6 - @ Clark (Rockne)

Oct. 14 - vs. Uplift (Stagg)

Oct. 20 - CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: Can Payton Prep get back into the state playoffs and advance in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior WR/LB Eli Geleerd, senior OL/DL Ben Lohman

Biggest holes to fill: Who will play quarterback for the Grizzlies this fall?

EDGY's early take: Payton Prep welcomes back 14 starters (seven offense, seven defense) from last year's playoff team. Look for the Grizzlies to rely on its running game and offensive line as they break in a new quarterback. Payton Prep should have a great shot at a second straight conference title and a state playoff bid in 2017.

42 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

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42 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

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: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Marc Rusinko, Steve McShane, Eloy Diaz, Scot Brockner, Mike Childers, Alex Wahl, Zack McQueen

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (0-5 Metro Suburban Blue Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA playoff field.

[MORE: 43 Days To Kickoff - Joliet Central]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs. Metamora

Sept. 1 – vs. Hope Academy

Sept. 8 – vs. Walther Lutheran

Sept. 15- @ Guerin Prep

Sept. 22 - @ Immaculate Conception

Sept. 29 – vs. Fenton

Oct. 6 - @ Glenbard South

Oct. 14 - vs. Riverside Brookfield

Oct. 20- vs. Wheaton Academy

Biggest storyline: Can St. Edward make some waves in conference play?

Names to watch this season: senior QB Dylan Mlinarich, senior WR Saveon Smith

Biggest holes to fill: St. Edward welcomes back 20 starters from last season, but can they develop some much-needed depth?

EDGY's early take: The Green Wave ran into a buzzsaw in 2016 named the Metro Suburban Blue conference. They failed to win a conference game after posting a strong 4-0 start. They have plenty of varsity experience returning and some impressive names to watch. St. Edward looks to be in a better position to get back into the playoffs this time around. That said, a challenging conference and an opening night tilt against 5A/4A power Metamora await.