57 Days to Kickoff: Huntley


57 Days to Kickoff: Huntley 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: Huntley

Head coach: Matt Zimolzak

Assistant coaches: Mike Slattery (OC/QB), Doug Millsaps (Asst. QB), Mike Naymola (WR), Joel Bosman (Asst. WR), Zack Borring (Asst. WR), Craig Kastning (RB), Chris Babyar (OL), Mike Doty (Asst. OL), Cliff Pawlak (DB), Paul Reinke (LB), Ben Salomon (DL), Keith Mooney (Asst. DL), Gary Swanson (Strength), Will Benson (Scout Team), Brad Aney (Freshmen HC), John Woo (Freshmen DB), Mike Ginczycki (Freshmen DC/LB), Jeff Beam (Freshmen DL), Gavin Fahey (Freshmen WR), Jim Rago (Freshmen RB), Zach Davidson Freshmen (OC/QB).

How they fared in 2016: 8-4 (6-2 Fox Valley Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Stevenson and Fremd then lost to Loyola Academy in the quarterfinals.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Jacobs

Sept. 1 – Prairie Ridge

Sept. 8 – @ Dundee Crown

Sept. 15 - Hampshire

Sept. 22 - Cary-Grove

Sept. 29 – @ West Aurora

Oct. 6 - Crystal Lake Central

Oct. 13 - @ Crystal Lake South

Oct. 20- @ McHenry

Biggest storyline: Can the Red Raiders win the Fox Valley Conference and make another deep run?

Names to watch this season: senior QB/DB Eric Mooney, senior LB Charlie Zornow

Biggest holes to fill: The Red Raiders will need to reload on the offensive line with just senior Joey Wilson (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) as the lone returning starter.

EDGY's early take: Huntley took some real positive steps forward in 2016, including big playoff wins against 8A powers Stevenson and Fremd. With Mooney back in the fold, along with good talent returning on both sides of the football, expect another strong FVC and postseason run from the Red Raiders.

Stevenson wide receiver Henry Marchese pledges to Iowa

Stevenson wide receiver Henry Marchese pledges to Iowa

Stevenson senior wide receiver Henry Marchese (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) waited for the right offer and opportunity to come along. That patience paid off on Tuesday when he verbally committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"Iowa is just the best fit for me," Marchese said moments after announcing his decision via Twitter. "The school, the atmosphere, the football program. It was everything about Iowa."

Marchese, whose father (John) played for Iowa in the mid-80s, will now follow in his dad's footsteps in Iowa City.

"Having my dad play at Iowa and getting a chance to play in his footsteps means a lot to me."

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Marchese, who also had scholarship offers from Miami (OH), Central Michigan, Army and Bowling Green, and serious interest from Illinois, Penn State, Indiana and Minnesota, waited on Iowa to extend an offer. He received that offer late last week.

Marchese is the 15th verbal commitment in the Hawkeyes Class of 2017 and is the fourth state of Illinois pledge. Marchese joins Edwardsville defensive end AJ Epenesa, Oswego East running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and Bradley defensive back Camron Harrell as Hawkeyes commits.