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School: St. Viator
Head coach: Dave Archibald
Assistant coaches: Chase Murdock (DC/LB), Kyle Jenkins (DL), Gregg Kirkwood (DB), Frank Laterza (Asst. DB/ST), Bob Lamick (OL), Casey Lynde (WR), Al Panzeca (RB), Dan Hall (K), Mike Tubridy (Football Operations)
How they fared in 2016: 6-5 (4-3 East Suburban Catholic Conference), made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Rockford Boylan then lost to Lake Forest.
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2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ Rolling Meadows
Sept. 1 – Lake Forest
Sept. 8 – @ Marian Catholic
Sept. 15 - Benet Academy
Sept. 22 - Carmel
Sept. 29 – @ Marian Central Catholic
Oct. 6 - St. Patrick
Oct. 13 - @ Nazareth Academy
Oct. 20- @ Notre Dame
Biggest storyline: Can the Lions make a deeper run this fall?
Names to watch this season: senior QB/K Bryce Hellgeth, senior DL/OLB Michael Wittich
Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to find a go-to receiver with the graduation of standout tight end Cole Kmet (Notre Dame). St. Viator will also be inexperienced on the defensive line.
EDGY's early take: The Lions had a nice season in 2016 and return 12 starters back (seven offense, five defense). If St. Viator can fill in a handful of key spots, they have a great shot of getting back into the playoffs.