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School: Rich Central
Head coach: Terrell Alexander
Assistant Coaches: Quincy Woods (OC), Vince Brown (OL), Art Schuldt (ST), Les Hampton (DB), Jerrell Bibbs (DB), Steve Henley (DC), Jeff Spikner (WR), Derrick Goard (LB) William Pass (DL) Chuch Robinson (Skills), Guy Smith (RB) and Shawn Mitchell (Skills)
How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-1 Southland Conference). Rich Central made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Olympians defeated Marion then lost to Dunlap in second round.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Hillcrest
Sept. 1 vs Lemont
Sept. 7 @ Kaneland
Sept. 14 vs Rich South
Sept. 21 @ Crete-Monee
Sept. 28 vs Rich East
Oct. 5 vs Kankakee
Oct. 12 vs Bloom Township
Oct. 19 vs Christ the King
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Biggest storyline: The Olympians have reached the IHSA playoffs three consecutive seasons-- the first such streak in Rich Central history. Can they stay on a winning track and make a deeper playoff run this fall?
Names to watch this season: WR/S Mehki Miller (Miami of Ohio) and RB Sean Tyler (Western Michigan)
Biggest holes to fill: The Olympians will need to replace their entire starting offensive line from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Rich Central and head coach Terrell Alexander has brought winning and stability to the Olympians football program. The 2018 team has some firepower back in the aforementioned Miller and Tyler; however, the development of their underclassmen group this summer will determine just how far this team will go. The ingredients look to be there for another IHSA state playoff caliber team.