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School: Maine South
Head coach: Dave Inserra
How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (5-0 Central Suburban South Conference). Maine South made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Huntley and Waubonsie Valley. In the quarterfinal round, they lost to Loyola Academy.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 31 @ Glenbard West
Sept. 6 vs Mount Carmel
Sept. 13 @ Fremd
Sept. 20 vs Palatine
Sept. 27 @ Niles West
Oct. 4 @ Evanston
Oct. 11 @ Glenbrook North
Oct. 18 vs Glenbrook South
Oct. 25 @ New Trier
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Biggest storyline: Consistency, as always. The Hawks have been to the IHSA playoffs 27 straight seasons and have had only one losing season since 1983. Can the Hawks reload and make some noise in Class 8A?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Peter Skoronski (Senior, Northwestern), WR/S Ryan Kilburn (Senior, Western Michigan)
Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks graduated several key names from the 2018 squad. They'll need to replace 10 starters on defense.
EDGY's Early Take: If any program in the Land of Lincoln has been able to consistently reload from year to year --and make it look easy-- it's the Maine South Hawks. Head coach Dave Inserra will rely on a handful of key returners, led by Northwestern commit OL/DL Peter Skoronski and Western Michigan commit WR/S Ryan Kilburn, both seniors. Keep and eye on senior WR/DB Michael Velazquez as well. Newcomer junior QB Luke Leongas will take the reins of the always explosive Hawks shotgun spread offense. They will have some big challenges on the nonconference schedule. If the Hawks offense can help out a less experienced defense (especially early in the season), then all the better for Maine South in 2019.