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44 Days To Kickoff: Woodstock North

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44 Days To Kickoff: Woodstock North

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: Woodstock North

Head coach: Jeff Schroeder

Assistant Coaches: Chris Jackowiak - DC, John Fredericks , Matt Polnow

How they fared in 2016: 6-4 (3-3 Kishwaukee River Conference), made the Class 5A state playoffs and lost to Rich Central in opening round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Westosha Central (WI)

Sept. 1 – @ Antioch

Sept. 8 – @ Harvard

Sept. 15 - vs Marengo

Sept. 22 - vs Richmond Burton

Sept. 29 – vs Johnsburg

Oct. 6 - @ Burlington Central

Oct. 13 - @ Woodstock

Oct. 21- @ Rock Falls

Biggest storyline: Can the Thunder win on the road in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior QB/LB Collin Mergl Senior OL/DL Dylan Martinez

Biggest holes to fill: The Thunder will look to reload a bit on the defensive line with just one starter back from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: The Thunder welcome back 12 starters (6 offense 6 defense) this season and also bring back some real keys. Woodstock North's biggest hurdle could be a downright strange schedule which includes 6 road games which includes playing it's first three games and last three games on the road. 

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

NBCSportsChicago.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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Zack McQueen and Andrew Yarwood

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). St. Edward failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Tinley Park

Aug. 31 @ Wheaton Academy

Sept. 7 @ Hope Academy

Sept. 14 vs Elmwood Park

Sept. 21 @ Guerin Prep

Sept. 28 @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 5 vs IC Catholic Prep

Oct. 12 vs Fenton

Oct. 19 vs Ridgewood

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Biggest storyline: Can the Green Wave reload and replace several multi-year starters lost to graduation this spring?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Nick Wright and WR/DB Sidney Muhammed

Biggest holes to fill: Replacing standout quarterback Dylan Mlinarich will likely be one of the bigger projects for the 'Wave.

EDGY's Early Take: The Green Wave just missed out on the 2017 playoff because of low playoff points and will need to reload come August. Only two starters are back on both sides of the football. Look for St. Edward to get the football into the hands of RB Nick Wright quite a bit. WR Sidney Muhammed will also be another experienced play maker this fall. 

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

NBCSportsChicago.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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

92. St. Edward