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School: Zion-Benton Zee-Bees
Head coach: Bob Moynihan
Assistant coaches: Dante Warren, Rich Nuccio, Scott DeCaprio, James Manning, Steve Jarrell, Brian Borowski, Quincy French, Shaun Cummings, Nick Strezlecki.
How they fared in 2015: 3-6 (0-6) North Suburban Lake Conference. Zion-Benton failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA playoffs.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Zee-Bees shock the IHSA football world and make the state playoffs?
Names to watch this season: OL Stanton Johnson, OL Zion Owens
Biggest holes to fill: The Zee-Bees return five starters on defense, but will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.
EDGY's early take: Zion-Benton has struggled to get much traction, mainly due to being in the rugged North Suburban Lake. The 2016 Zee-Bees have experience and this is a program headed in the right direction. Zion-Benton came very close to getting five wins in 2015 and will get even closer in 2016. Do not be shocked if this team surprises this fall.