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: West Aurora
Head Coach: Nate Eimer
Assistant Coaches: Tony Melchiori, Joe Howell, Mike Runge, Bob Fowler, Charlie Graves, Nate Banks, Ron Murphy and Alex Shaw
How they fared in 2016: 9-1 (5-0 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), made the Class 8A state playoffs and lost to eventual state champion Maine South in opening round action.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ Yorkville
Sept. 1 – vs Waukegan
Sept. 8 – @ East Aurora
Sept. 15 - vs Glenbard East
Sept. 22 - @ South Elgin
Sept. 29 – vs Huntley
Oct. 6 - vs West Chicago
Oct. 13 - @ Bartlett
Oct. 21- @ Geneva
Biggest storyline: Can the Blackhawks keep its program-changing momentum going from last season?
Names to watch this season: Senior RB/DB JaQuan Buchanan and Senior OL Owen Thomas
Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will need to replace some big game-breaker types with the graduation of the Cross twins (Daquan and Davion) from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: West Aurora has been one of the more-impressive turnaround stories in Chicagoland over the past handful of seasons. While the Blackhawks have a few questions heading into 2017, they also have a stable of talented kids at the school and a football program on the right path. Look for the Blackhawks to challenge for a top 25-30 spot in several preseason polls.