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Head coach: Sam Lesniak
Assistant coaches: Hank Hartwig, John Nemcek, John Ridley, Garett Klinker, Wes Peete, Tom Curry, Dylan Hess and Chuck Curry
How they fared in 2018: 7-4 (4-2 Kishwaukee River Conference). Johnsburg made the Class 4A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Chicago Ag Science in the opening round; lost to Coal City in second round action.
2019 Regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Marian Central Catholic
Sept. 6 vs Rochelle
Sept. 13 @ Richmond-Burton
Sept. 20 vs Marengo
Sept. 27 @ Woodstock
Oct. 4 @ Woodstock North
Oct. 11 vs Harvard
Oct. 18 vs Richmond-Burton
Oct. 25 vs. East Alton-Wood River
Biggest storyline: Johnsburg has 47 total wins and five consecutive playoff berths. Can the Skyhawks reload their roster once again and get back into the state playoffs?
Names to watch this season: RB/LB Justin Peake (Sr.) and WR/S Max Kegel (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Skyhawks will need to replace eight graduated starters on the defensive side of the football.
EDGY's Early Take: Johnsburg has developed into a IHSA Class 4A power and don't look for them to back off any time soon. The Skyhawks will undoubtedly be challenged in a very strong Kishwaukee River conference race (Marengo, Richmond-Burton and Woodstock North all made the playoffs last season). Coach Sam Lesniak welcomes nine returning starters (six on offense, three defense). You can expect this team to be a factor in the conference race and also in Class 4A’s upper bracket come state playoff time.