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 @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.
Head coach: John Tsarouchas
How they fared in 2016: 8-2 (7-0 Chicago Public League Big Shoulders Conference), lost to Lincoln-Way East in the Class 8A opening round.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – Mount Carmel *Soldier Field*
Sept. 1 – @ Evanston
Sept. 9 – Von Steuben *Lane Stadium*
Sept. 15 - Whitney Young *Rockne Stadium*
Sept. 23 - Dunbar *Lane Stadium*
Sept. 28 – Simeon *Gately Stadium*
Oct. 5 - Curie *Lane Stadium*
Oct. 14 - Lane Tech *Lane Stadium*
Oct. 20 - CPL Playoffs
Biggest storyline: Can the Eagles adjust to life in the CPL illini Red Bird conference?
Names to watch this season: senior WR Kevin Gniedziejko, senior WR/DB Kobe Collins
Biggest holes to fill: The Eagles have a good group with talent but can they develop more overall depth for the 2017 season?
EDGY's early take: Taft football has been on an upswing having posted a winning record in seven of the past eight seasons. Yet the move "up" to the CPL Illini Red Bird conference will be a big challenge this fall. If the Eagles can catch a few breaks along with avoiding the injury bug they have a chance to remain a playoff caliber team.