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School: Maine East
Head coach: Bob Winkel
Assistant coaches: Cameron Stingily, Jake Winkel, Shawn Kaine, Chris Lipari, Andy Windsch and Jesse Smith
How they fared in 2017: 1-8 (0-5 Central Suburban North Conference). Maine East failed to qualify for the 2017 IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 vs Fenton
Aug. 31 @ Round Lake
Sept. 8 vs Wheeling
Sept. 14 @ Hoffman Estates
Sept. 21 vs Deerfield
Sept. 28 vs Maine West
Oct. 5 vs Glenbrook North
Oct. 12 @ Vernon Hills
Oct. 19 @ Highland Park
Biggest storyline: It's a fresh start in Park Ridge. Can new head coach Bob Winkel lead the Blue Demons to a winning season in 2018?
Names to watch this season: RB Baltazar Cabrales and WR Michael Bobowick
Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Demons will need to replace 16 graduated starters from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: New head coach Bob Winkel will take over the reins of the Maine East program this fall. Winkel, who prepped at Marmion Academy and also played at NIU will try to get the Blue Demons on the winning track. Maine East has made the IHSA state playoffs just once in school history (1977).