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School: Naperville Central

Head coach: Mike Stine

Assistant coaches: Mike Ulreich (Assistant Head Coach Defense/Defensive Coordinator), Eric Novak (D-Line), Tim Boecker (Defensive Backs), Marc Anderson (Defensive Backs), Josh McLeod (Linebackers/Rush Ends), Pat Watson (Assistant Head Coach Offense/Offensive Line), Chad Bradley (Quarterbacks), Adam Freed (Running Backs), Phil Allen (Tight Ends/Fullbacks), Cris Crissey (Wide Receivers), Kofi Hughes (Wide Receivers)

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference); the Redhawks failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoff field.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Glenbard North

Sept. 1 – vs. Neuqua Valley

Sept. 8 – vs. Metea Valley

Sept. 15 - @ Waubonsie Valley

Sept. 22 - vs Wheaton South

Sept. 29 – vs St. Edward (Ohio)

Oct. 6 - vs Naperville North (at North Central College)

Oct. 13 - vs Wheaton North

Oct. 20 - @ Lake Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks reload and make the IHSA state playoff field this fall?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB AJ Deinhart, Junior OL Luke Hallstrom, Junior QB Payton Thorne.


Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will need to replace nine graduated starters from a season ago.

EDGY's early take: The Redhawks will need to reload a little, but this program always seems to have talent and overall numbers on board every year. The addition of junior transfer QB Payton Thorne (Metea Valley) is a real boost. If the new faces on defense can gel, look for Naperville Central to make a run back to the playoffs.