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School: Maine West
Head coach: Jason Kradman
Assistant coaches: Steve Piha (Def. Coordinator), Mike O'Brill (DBs/ST Coordinator), Tony Manicke (LBs/Head JV Coach), Dan Wilson (OL/Run Game Coord.), Joe Zubeck (LBs/Asst. Head Coach), Ryan Willett (QBs/Pass Game Coord.), Matt Boswell (DL/Def. Run Game Coord.), Kyle Prater (WRs/Pass Game Advisor), Tom Stettner (Specialists), Russ Swenson, Jake DeMars and Alex Corey (Assistants).
How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (5-0 Central Suburban League North). Maine West made the 2018 IHSA Class 7A state playoff field and defeated Benet Academy in opening round action. They lost to Willowbrook in the second round.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Mundelein
Sept. 6 vs. Glenbrook South
Sept. 13 @ Hoffman Estates
Sept. 20 vs. Wheeling
Sept. 27 vs. Deerfield
Oct. 4 @ Niles North
Oct. 11 vs. Maine East
Oct. 18 @ Vernon Hills
Oct. 25 @ Highland Park
Biggest storyline: Maine West is coming off the most successful season in program history. What will they do for an encore? Can the Warriors make a deeper run in the IHSA state playoff field in 2019?
Names to watch this season: QB Danny Kentgen (Sr.), S Jaden Dolphin (Sr.), OL Mark Bartusiak (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to replace the lost production, on both sides of the football, with standout all-state RB/LB Jake Belizzi graduating.
EDGY's Early Take: Maine West has been one of the better success stories in Chicagoland over the past two seasons. Jason Kradman has led the Warriors to back-to-back state playoff appearances. The Warriors welcome back 14 returning starters (seven offense, seven defense) along with a deeper and stronger overall roster compared to years past. Look for the Warriors to have a great chance at defending their CSL North conference title.