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School: Chicago Christian
Head coach: Nick Cook
Assistant coaches: Dan Chiarito (OC), Tom O'Connor (ST), Sean O'Connor (OL/DL and sophomore head coach), Zach Kuipers (RB/DL), Andy Boss (WR/DB)
How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-3 Metro Suburban Red Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoff field.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 vs. Chicago Bulls Prep
Sept. 2 @ Crossroads Christian Academy
Sept. 8 @ Wheaton Academy
Sept. 15 vs. IC Catholic Prep
Sept. 23 @ Walther Christian
Sept. 29 vs. Ridgewood
Oct. 6 @ Elmwood Park
Oct. 13 vs. Aurora Central Catholic
Oct. 20 vs. Guerin Prep
Biggest storyline: Can the Knights land a state playoff bid in 2017?
Names to watch this season: senior QB/DB Henry Light, junior WR/DB Jonathan Griffin
Biggest holes to fill: The Knights will need to reload on both the offensive and defensive line with just one starter back in senior Izaak Tanis (6-foot-2, 245 pounds).
EDGY's early take: The Knights bring back a nice core of returning starters this season and is a group with experience in the skills department. If Chicago Christian can get its line play to develop sooner, rather than later, they could find themselves battling for a state playoff spot in 2017.