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School: Lincoln-Way Central Knights
Head coach: Jeremy Cordell
Assistant coaches: Joe Boseo, John Karales, Ray Kouba, Dan Schwartz, Nick Shaub, Sean Huffstutler, Jason Dewolf, Mitch Nowicki, Ben Garland, Matt Robbins, Mark Ayers, Sean Sornsin, Mark Shafer, Davey Johnson
How they fared in 2015: 4-5 (3-4) Southwest Suburban Conference. Lincoln-Way Central failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state playoff field.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Knights merge in new faces due to the district realignment and get into the state playoffs?
Names to watch this season: LB Jake Dudeck, LB/TE Jake Pott
Biggest holes to fill: The Knights welcome back just three returning starters on offense and only one starter back in the offensive skills in FB Nico Muto.
EDGY's Early Take: Lincoln-Way Central will also feel the effects of the closing of Lincoln-Way North as new faces will arrive this fall. Central has been teetering on the 5-4/4-5 line for the past handful of seasons and this is a program that could take off sooner rather than later.