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School: St. Patrick
Head coach: Adam Guerra
Assistant coaches: Mike Fabrizio, Brian O'Connor, Kaseem Sinceno, Brian Devlin and Dan Delgado
How they fared in 2017: 2-7 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). St. Patrick failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 vs Taft
Sept. 1 vs Glenbrook South
Sept. 7 @ Benet Academy
Sept. 14 @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 22 vs Marian Catholic
Sept. 28 @ Marian Central Catholic
Oct. 6 vs Notre Dame
Oct. 12 @ St. Viator
Oct. 19 @ Carmel
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Biggest storyline: Can the Shamrocks make a run toward the upper tier of the East Suburban Catholic Conference? Is a playoff berth in the cards?
Names to watch this season: TE/OLB Anthony Manaves and WR Xavier Saldana
Biggest holes to fill: The Shamrocks will bring back a strong core of starters (seven offense, six defense). But who will replace graduated starting QB Brett Rosenbush?
EDGY's Early Take: Second year head coach Adam Guerra was able to get serious playing time for several underclassmen a season ago and the Shamrocks will be better for it this fall. A key for St. Pats will be getting off to a good start on the schedule. I feel that this team has a good shot at getting into the 2018 postseason.