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School: Wheaton North
Head coach: Joe Wardynski
How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (3-4 DuKane Conference). Wheaton North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Downers Grove North
Sept. 6 vs Lake Forest
Sept. 13 vs St. Charles North
Sept. 20 vs Lake Park
Sept. 27 @ Glenbard North
Oct. 4 @ Wheaton South
Oct. 11 vs Geneva
Oct. 18 @ St. Charles East
Oct. 25 @ Batavia
Biggest storyline: Can the Falcons get over the 4-5 hump and into the IHSA state playoff field this fall?
Names to watch this season: Northwestern-bound LB Xander Mueller (Sr.), QB Nathan Love (Sr.) and WR/S Christian Halstead (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Falcons offense was one of the lowest scoring units in the DuKane. They will need to reload in a few key spots this summer.
EDGY's Early Take: The Falcons came up just short last season in making the state playoff field. All five losses were within two possessions and they lost to Batavia in a do-or-die Week 9. Look for coach Wardynski's crew to rely on an experienced group of seniors along with an up-and-coming underclassmen group to challenge every opponent in the DuKane Conference. The Falcons have finished with a 4-5 record in four of the last five seasons. With so much parity across the board in the DuKane, the Falcons will be in a must-win mode starting in Week 1 at Downers Grove North.