Preps Talk

Preps Talk

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Evanston

Head coach: Mike Burzawa

Assistant coaches: Eddie Conley, Ryan Healy, Grant Nemeth, Mike Partipilo, Sean Hopson, Phil Partipilo, Kyle Gessert, Brent Nance and Leonard Garron

How they fared in 2018: 7-3 (3-2 Central Suburban South Conference). Evanston made the 8A state playoff field and lost to Edwardsville in opening round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs St. Patrick

Sept. 6 @ Lincoln-Way West

Sept. 13 @ Palatine

Sept. 20 vs Fremd

Sept. 27 vs Glenbrook North

Oct. 4 @ Maine South

Oct. 11 vs New Trier

Oct. 18 @ Niles West

Oct. 25 vs Glenbrook South

 [MORE: 95 Days to Kickoff - Fremd]

Biggest storyline: Evanston is coming off their most successful season since 2003. Can the Wildkits get back into the 8A state playoffs and advance past the early rounds?

Names to watch this season: RB Quadre Nicholson (Sr.), DL Zach Myers (Sr.) and WR Zach Henderson (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Wildcats will need to replace 14 starters due to graduation. They'll need to revamp the vast majority of their offensive skills department, although they do have a great senior to build around in RB Quadre Nicholson.

 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Mike Burzawa has built the Wildkits program into a consistent winner. They've made the IHSA state playoff field in eight out of the last nine seasons. The 'Kits will be slightly less experienced this fall; that said, they always have talent. RB Quadre Nicholson is a Power Five-caliber running back and a big time game breaker to watch. If the 'Kits underclassmen can fill in at some key spots, they will once again challenge for a playoff spot.