Preps Talk

Preps Talk

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: McHenry

Head coach: Jon Niemic

Assistant coaches: Colt Nero, Kyle Owens, Kyle Just, Tony Swanson, Tyler Lamz, Jim Schmidt, Jim Brucker and Zach Badgley

How they fared in 2018: 2-7 (2-6 Fox Valley Conference). McHenry failed qualify for the 2018 IHSA state football playoff field.

2019 regular season schedule:

8/30 @ Huntley
9/6 vs. Dundee-Crown
9/13 vs. Burlington Central
9/20 @ Jacobs
9/27 vs. Prairie Ridge
10/5 @ Cary-Grove
10/11 vs. Crystal Lake South
10/18 @ Crystal Lake Central 
10/25 vs. Hampshire

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Biggest storyline: After winning their final two games last season, can the Warriors carry over that momentum and make a run at the top tier of the Fox Valley Conference in 2019?

Names to watch this season: DE Kevin Sandoval (Sr.) and QB Chris Zieba (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need reload at a few key spots after graduation, especially on defense. They will need to find three new starters in the secondary.

EDGY's Early Take: The Warriors, under second year head coach Jon Niemic, are taking steps in building off last year's campaign. McHenry will rely on 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense). If McHenry can get off to a good start in the early going, all the better.