NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.
School: Bishop McNamara
Head coach: Rich Zinanni
Assistant Coaches: Jack Roney, Kurt Belisle, Mike Yarborough, Mike Vickery, JJ Hollis, Chris Lamore and Brent Dolliger
How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (1-2 Chicago Catholic League White Conference). Bishop Mac failed to make the state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Bloom Township
Aug. 31 vs (Blue Island) Eisenhower
Sept. 7 vs Riverside-Brookfield
Sept. 14 @ IC Catholic Prep
Sept. 21 @ St. Francis
Sept. 28 vs Wheaton Academy
Oct. 5 @ Aurora Christian
Oct. 12 vs Aurora Central Catholic
Oct. 19 @ Elmwood Park
[MORE: 98 Days to Kickoff - Eisenhower]
Biggest storyline: How will the Fightin' Irish handle their first season as part of the Metro Suburban conference?
Names to watch this season: QB Tyler Hiller and RB/LB Tyshon King
Biggest holes to fill: Bishop McNamara is stacked with returning starters this coming season (eight on offense, 10 defense); however, overall numbers and depth are always concerns.
EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Rich Zinanni, who enters his 44th season coaching at the Kankakee school, took a few lumps last fall. They finished 3-6 after a 4-5 campaign in 2016 (they won the 3A title back in 2015). But with 18 starters back in the fold (including four starting offensive linemen), you will need to look out for Bishop Mac. While the Fightin' Irish will get some early tests on the schedule, this team --on paper-- has the makings of being a potential winner come the fall.