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School: St. Patrick
Head coach: Adam Guerra
Assistant coaches: Mike Fabrizio (Asst Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator), Anthony Griffin (Defensive Coordinator), Kaseem Sinceno (Wide Receivers), Nick Madsen (Defensive Line), Anthony Delgado (Linebackers)
How they fared in 2018: 5-4 (3-4 in East Suburban Catholic Conference). St. Patrick failed qualify for the 2018 IHSA state football playoff field.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Evanston
Sept. 6 vs Glenbrook North
Sept. 13 vs Leo
Sept. 20 @ Carmel
Sept. 27 @ Notre Dame
Oct. 4 vs St. Viator
Oct. 11 @ Fenwick
Oct. 18 vs Marist
Oct. 25 @ Marian Central Catholic
Biggest storyline: How well can the Shamrocks match up in the newly-formed ESCC/CCL mega conference starting this fall?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Kwame Achampong (Sr.), OL Joe Fanning (Sr.), ILB Vince Waters (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Shamrocks welcome back 11 returning starters (five offense, six defense) from a season ago, but they will need to find answers at a few key spots, including at quarterback.
EDGY's Early Take: The Shamrocks posted a 5-4 season in 2018 but were kept home during the postseason because of low playoff points. Now that St. Pats will begin play in the ESCC/CCL mega conference, playoff points should come much easier with a beefed up schedule. If Coach Guerra’s Shamrocks can find a few answers at a few key positions this is a team that could again challenge for an IHSA state playoff bid this fall. Getting off to a good early start against the likes of Evanston, Glenbrook North and Leo will undoubtedly be top priority.