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Head coach: Blake Annen
How they fared in 2017: 1-8 (1-6 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Carmel failed to qualify for the 2017 IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Oak Creek (WI)
Aug. 31 vs. St. Charles East
Sept. 7 vs. Marian Catholic
Sept. 14 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 21 @ St. Viator
Sept. 28 vs. Nazareth
Oct. 5 @ Marian Central Catholic
Oct. 12 vs. (Niles) Notre Dame
Oct. 19 at St. Patrick
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Biggest storyline: The head coach. Can the Corsairs rebuild under Blake Annen and survive its rugged schedule?
Names to watch this season: RB Sean Lynch Jr. and DL Jalen Snell
Biggest holes to fill: The Corsairs will welcome back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense) but will need to fill some key spots including quarterback, linebacker and along the offensive/defensive lines this summer.
EDGY's Early Take: First year head coach Blake Annen, originally an Ohio native who also played for the Chicago Bears (2014), brings a new energy to the Corsairs football program. Former head coach Andy Bitto will remain as Carmel's athletic director. Look for Annen to dip into a vast playbook on both sides of the football. Fans should see a new look in various facets of their game come August. The schedule in the ESCC is always rough. Opening up against non-conference foes Richards and then DeKalb adds to a slate that's already pretty strong.