Tony Bartolatta

27 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

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27 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

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: Glenbard East

Head coach: John Walters

Assistant coaches: Jeff Cherry, Maurice Mason, Jim Walker, Tiff Hamilton, Dennis Lueck, Matt Lahey, Bruce Fisher , Bob Stone, Kevin Kane, Joe Cristina, Tony Bartolatta

How they fared in 2016: 2-7 (2-3 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 1 vs. St. Charles East

Sept. 8 vs. South Elgin

Sept. 15 @ West Aurora

Sept. 22 @ St. Charles North

Sept. 29 vs. East Aurora

Oct. 6 vs. Jacobs

Oct. 13 @ West Chicago

Oct. 20 vs. Bartlett

Biggest storyline: Can Glenbard East survive their first five games of the regular season?

Names to watch this season: junior QB Bret Bushka, senior DE Pat Lyons

Biggest holes to fill: The Rams will need to reload this summer on both the offensive and defensive line.

EDGY's early take: Glenbard East will face a very tough early schedule including games against four state playoffs team from a season ago. The Rams return nearly its entire offensive skills group and defensive back seven from last season, which is a big plus. If Glenbard East can pull off a win or two early, they have a chance of finishing strong towards the second half of the regular season.