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School: Oak Forest
Head coach: Brian McDonough
Assistant Coaches: Jason Thormeyer, Ron Czarnecki, Eric Gomez, Mark Pattison, Eric Bryce, Brent Lythberg, Rob Simon, Nate Becker,
How they fared in 2016: 5-5 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), lost to Lemont in the 6A opening round.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ Pekin
Sept. 1 – vs Clemente
Sept. 9 – @ Tinley Park
Sept. 15 - vs Bremen
Sept. 22 - vs Eisenhower
Sept. 28 – @ Lemont
Oct. 6 - @ TF North
Oct. 13 - vs Hillcrest
Oct. 20 - vs TF South
Biggest storyline: Can the Bengals make a deeper run in the IHSA state playoffs this season?
Names to watch this season: Senior OL Cole Silha, Senior FB Sean Davis, Senior RB Watari Mason
Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals bring back a ton of starters from a season ago (15 starters 8 offense 7 defense) and the biggest hole to fill looks to be at quarterback.
EDGY's Early Take: Veteran head coach Brian McDonough and staff always has Oak Forest in playoff contention. With 15 starters back this fall confidence should be high for the Bengals heading into the 2017 season.