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School: Elk Grove
Head coach: Miles Osei
Assistant coaches: Michael Kamedula, Samir Chaudhari, Steve Lesniak, Kyle Pfister, Jon Pieper, Larry Shinhoster, Chris Rogers, Dan Vargas, Kevin O'Malley and Kevin Modelski
How they fared in 2018: 1-8 (1-4) Mid-Suburban East Conference). Elk Grove failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Hoffman Estates
Sept. 6 @ Conant
Sept. 13 vs Vernon Hills
Sept. 20 @ Maine East
Sept. 27 vs Prospect
Oct. 4 vs Rolling Meadows
Oct. 11 @ Wheeling
Oct. 18 vs Hersey
Oct. 25 @ Rolling Meadows
Biggest storyline: The Grenadiers broke a 32-game losing streak last season. Can head coach Miles Osei lift the program to a new level this fall?
Names to watch this season: TE/DE Andrew Clausen (Sr.), DL Jake Izzo (Sr), RB Ian Ridge (Jr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Grens welcome back an impressive 16 returning starters (eight offense, eight defense) from a season ago; however, depth and overall numbers can always be better.
EDGY's Early Take: Elk Grove took it on the chin last season, but several key starters saw significant playing time. The Grens are looking for that experience to pay off in 2019. The schedule is not easy, so getting off to a good start should be a big goal.