CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2015 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on Aug. 28.
School: Vernon Hills
Head coach: Bill Bellecomo
Assistant coaches: Corey Atwell, Jason Czarnecki, Tim Dydo, Avelino Cortez, Todd Gedville, Dave Schroetter, Greg Stilling, Mike Larson
How they fared in 2014: 5-4 (4-2) North Suburban Prairie Conference); The Cougars won five regular season games but failed to make the state playoffs because of low playoff points.
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Biggest storyline in 2015: Can the Cougars make it back to the state playoffs in 2015 and win the North Suburban Prairie?
Names to Watch: QB Connor McNamara (senior is one of the best signal-callers in the North suburbs) and WR Kiwanne Durant (senior will be a big-time target in the Cougars passing game this fall)
Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars will break in five new starting offensive linemen this season.
EDGY's Early Take: Vernon Hills came oh-so-close to a state playoff bid in 2014 and I fully expect them to be back in the playoffs in 2015. Connor McNamara, son of Stevenson head coach Bill McNamara, is fun to watch and can beat teams with the run or the pass. .