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School: Notre Dame
Head coach: Mike Hennessey
Assistant coaches: Dan DeFranza, Fred Proesel, Jim Morrissey, Eric Hennessey, Joe Pauley, Pat Gallagher, Drew Holden and Dan Fitzpatrick
How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Notre Dame made the Class 8A state playoff field and lost to Minooka in opening round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Geneva
Aug. 31 vs Oak Forest
Sept. 7 vs Marist
Sept. 14 @ Benet Academy
Sept. 21 vs Marian Central Catholic
Sept. 28 vs St. Viator
Oct. 6 @ St. Patrick
Oct. 12 @ Carmel
Oct. 19 vs Joliet Catholic
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Biggest storyline: After a tough loss to Minooka in last year's playoff opening round, can the Dons get back into the IHSA state playoff field and make some noise this fall?
Names to watch this season: RB/DB Ty Gavin and OL Patrick Banich
Biggest holes to fill: The Dons will need to find answers at several spots this summer, needing to replace 15 graduated starters from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: It's finally the senior campaign for Notre Dame's All-Area and All-State running back Ty Gavin. He will be asked to help carry the offensive load --especially early in the season-- while the the Dons break in new faces at quarterback and wide receiver. The Dons will also look to replace some key starters lost to graduation on defense, especially up front on the defensive line. Senior Mike Tobias is the lone starter back in the fold.