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Head coach: Omar Grant
Assistant coaches: Ben Clark, Brad Burns, John Geary, Sam Jordan, Del Trowell, Mike Krol, Lawrence Johnson, Benny Phillips, Albert Zika, Rob Johnson, Boaz Phillips
How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (1-4 Southland Conference), Kankakee failed to qualify for the IHSA playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Yorkville
Aug. 31 @ Bradley
Sept. 7 vs Ottawa
Sept. 14 vs Crystal Lake Central
Sept. 22 @ Rich Central
Sept. 28 vs Rich South
Oct. 6 @ Bloom Township
Oct. 12 @ Crete-Monee
Oct. 19 vs Rich East
Biggest storyline: Can the Kays reload and get big contributions from a strong underclassmen group this fall?
Names to watch this season: OL Keegan Trost and RB Antonio Pittman
Biggest holes to fill: The Kays will need to replace 17 graduated starters from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Omar Grant and his staff have continued to work hard to get the Kays back to winning ways. This year, they are looking to get back to the playoffs after a berth in 2016. Kankakee will be young this fall and will need to survive a rugged non-conference schedule. But if they can make weekly improvements, this might be a team that could wind up challenging for a state playoff spot.