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55 Days to Kickoff: Zion-Benton

55 Days to Kickoff: Zion-Benton

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 Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

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. 

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

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: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich Vince Patterson KJ Jones Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

[MORE: 41 Days to Kickoff - Bogan]

Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

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: Bogan

Head coach: Stacy Douglas

Assistant coaches: Yahya Mohammad, Shaun Edward and Kevin Moore

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (1-3 CPL Intra City 2 Conference). Bogan and the rest of the CPL Intra City conference schools were ineligible for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Solorio

Aug. 31 vs. Whitney Young (at Gately)

Sept 8 vs. DuSable (at Stagg)

Sept. 13 vs. UCCS Woodlawn (at Stagg)

Sept. 20 vs. Juarez (at Stagg)

Sept. 29 vs. North Grand (at Stagg)

Oct. 5 vs. Little Village (at Stagg)

Oct. 11 vs. Carver (at Gately)

Oct. 19 TBA CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: After a forfeited season in 2016 and a winning record last season, can the Bengals find success moving up to the CPL Chicago Madison Street conference this season?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Keondre White and TE/SS Mateo Foster

Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals will welcome back several returning starters but overall depth could be a potential issue this season.

EDGY's Early Take: Bogan, with third-year head coach Stacy Douglas, will be stepping up in a big way this fall. They will move from the Intra City conference to the Chicago Madison Street conference, which is IHSA state playoff eligible. While the schedule is a bit tougher this fall do not overlook the Bengals’ chances of competing for a conference title and a potential state playoff bid in 2018.