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 Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.
School: St. Patrick
Head coach: Adam Guerra
Assistant Coaches: Steve Eifrid, Russ Lucas, Matt O'Brien, Pat Gamboney, Mike Fabrizio, Dan Delgado, PJ Whalen
How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 26 – vs St. Rita @ Soldier Field
Sept. 1 – @ Glenbrook South
Sept. 8 – @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 16 - vs Marian Catholic @ Triton College
Sept. 23 - vs Notre Dame @ Triton College
Sept. 29 – @ Marist
Oct. 6 - @ St. Viator
Oct. 14 - vs Carmel @ Triton College
Oct. 20- @ Marian Central Catholic
Biggest storyline: Can the Shamrocks reload under first year head coach Adam Guerra?
Names to watch this season: Senior RB Joey Solak Senior WR/DB Joey Lombardi
Biggest holes to fill: The Shamrocks will look to reload this summer in the offensive skills department and in particular at quarterback with the graduation loss of QB Anthony Mazzenga from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: New head coach Adam Guerra comes in from California and will place an emphasis on running the football. He takes over a Shamrocks roster that welcomes back nine returning starters (5 offense 4 defense) and a very good underclassmen group. Look for St. Pats to focus on being a bit more consistent this fall after getting off to a 4-0 start in 2016, then only to lose its last five games of the season.