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.
Head coach: Jeff Reents
Assistant coaches: Barry Southall, Rob Murphy, Bob Bolser, Chad Farrell, Mike Bushnell, Mark Languasch, Russ Allred, Andy Peterson, Ty Matteson, Mark Shell
How they fared in 2014: 14-0 (5-0 Interstate 8 (Small) Conference); The Wildcats won the 2014 3A state football title, their first in school history.
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Biggest storyline in 2015: Can the Wildcats make another run for a state title this fall?
Names to watch: OL Bailey Bozwell (senior leads an experienced offensive line) and RB/LB Nick Hawkins (senior two-way starter is one of the best small school running backs in Illinois this fall)
Biggest holes to fill: The Wildcats will need to replace several starters on defense from a year ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Despite the graduation losses, the Wildcats have some experience back and good talent and numbers stepping up this season. If the new faces can come together sooner rather than later, Wilmington will be a serious threat again in 3A.