CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.
School: St. Edward
Head coach: Mike Rolando
Assistant coaches: Marc Rusinko, Steve McShane, Eloy Diaz, Scot Brockner, Mike Childers, Alex Wahl, Zack McQueen
How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (0-5 Metro Suburban Blue Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA playoff field.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – vs. Metamora
Sept. 1 – vs. Hope Academy
Sept. 8 – vs. Walther Lutheran
Sept. 15- @ Guerin Prep
Sept. 22 - @ Immaculate Conception
Sept. 29 – vs. Fenton
Oct. 6 - @ Glenbard South
Oct. 14 - vs. Riverside Brookfield
Oct. 20- vs. Wheaton Academy
Biggest storyline: Can St. Edward make some waves in conference play?
Names to watch this season: senior QB Dylan Mlinarich, senior WR Saveon Smith
Biggest holes to fill: St. Edward welcomes back 20 starters from last season, but can they develop some much-needed depth?
EDGY's early take: The Green Wave ran into a buzzsaw in 2016 named the Metro Suburban Blue conference. They failed to win a conference game after posting a strong 4-0 start. They have plenty of varsity experience returning and some impressive names to watch. St. Edward looks to be in a better position to get back into the playoffs this time around. That said, a challenging conference and an opening night tilt against 5A/4A power Metamora await.