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Head coach: Ron Dawczak
How they fared in 2016: 8-2 (7-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field and lost to New Trier in opening-round action.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 vs. Brother Rice
Sept. 1 @ Mishawaka, Indiana
Sept. 8 vs. Carmel
Sept. 15 @ Marian Central Catholic
Sept. 22 @ Marian Catholic
Sept. 28 vs. St. Patrick
Oct. 6 vs. Nazareth Academy
Oct. 13 @ Benet Academy
Oct. 20 vs. Joliet Catholic
Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks win big with a sudden head coaching change in 2017?
Names to watch this season: senior TE TJ Ivy (West Virginia), senior DL Gavin McCabe (Indiana), senior DT Elijah Teague (Minnesota)
Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will need to reload at a few key spots this summer, including quarterback.
EDGY's early take: While any sudden head coaching change can be an issue, having longtime assistant coach Dawczak take over for Pat Dunne should be a smooth transition. The Redhawks have a ton of talent back in 2017, and remain one of the better offenses in Chicagoland. The schedule is never easy for the Redhawks, including its annual rivalry game in Week 1 hosting Brother Rice, but this team looks to have the makings of being capable of a big run this fall.