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School: Grayslake North
Head coach: Steve Wood
Assistant coaches: Andy Strahan, Brian Johnson, Scott Kapchinski, Brian Horn, Justin Van Schaik, Johnathon Hadnott, Karl Jenrich, Jon Sawyer, Collin McKillip, Greg Geiger and Tim LeBrie.
How they fared in 2015: 7-4 (5-1) Fox Valley (Fox) Conference. Grayslake North made the Class 6A IHSA state playoff field. The Knights defeated Hubbard then lost to Riverside-Brookfield in second-round action.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Knights fare well in the newly formed Northern Lake County Conference?
Names to watch this season: RB Dami Alodamoya, TE/DE Payton Campbell
Biggest holes to fill: The Knights bring back just one starting offensive linemen in senior Jared Sims.
EDGY's early take: Grayslake North proved last season that whenever a player went down that the "next man up" was much more than a slogan. The Knights got big time contributions from several returning starters. Throw in 2015 All-State candidate in Alodamoya, along with six returning starters on defense, and I expect Grayslake North to again challenge for a state playoff spot.