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Head coach: Lou Sponsel
Assistant coaches: Brent Pearlman, Lance Burmeister, Jim Schwantz, Rich Cordova, Steve Patton, Jim Farrell, Jeff Williams, John Plantz
How they fared in 2016: 7-4 (3-2 Mid Suburban West), the Vikings qualified for the Class 8A playoffs. Fremd defeated Brother Rice, then lost to Huntley in second-round action.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – vs Lake Zurich
Sept. 1 – vs. Rolling Meadows
Sept. 8 – @ Maine South
Sept. 15 - vs Evanston
Sept. 22 - @ Barrington
Sept. 29 – @ Conant
Oct. 6 - vs. Palatine
Oct. 13 -@ Hoffman Estates
Oct. 20 - vs Schaumburg
Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings reload, especially on offense, for the 2017 season?
Names to watch this season: Senior DL Will McCabe, Senior WR Ben Konopka
Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings will need to replace nine starters on offense from last season.
EDGY's early take: The Vikings made a terrific offseason hire in former Palatine and Wheeling Hall of Fame coach Brent Pearlman, who will help coach the Fremd defense. Look for the Vikings to be more of a smash-mouth type of team that will rely early on its defense. Fremd is always in the hunt in the Mid Suburban West and should be again this fall. Also of note, Fremd's schedule is also very tough this upcoming season.