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School: Hoffman Estates
Head coach: Tim Heyse
Assistant Coaches: Brennan Carroll - DC, Paul Moersch - DL / Strength Coach, JP Moore - Secondary, Joe Garofalo - OL, Doug Dannawitz - OL, Jeff Mandel - WR / Special Teams Coord, Eric Gdowski - RB
How they fared in 2018: 7-3 (3-2 Mid Suburban West Conference). Hoffman Estates made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to East St. Louis in opening round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Elk Grove
Sept. 6 @ Prospect
Sept. 13 vs Maine West
Sept. 20 @ Vernon Hills
Sept. 27 vs Conant
Oct. 4 vs Schaumburg
Oct. 11 @ Palatine
Oct. 18 vs Barrington
Oct. 25 @ Fremd
Biggest storyline: The Hawks, once also-rans in the Mid-Suburban, are now perennial playoff contenders. Can the Hawks keep up their program-wide momentum and make it four straight IHSA state postseason appearances in 2019?
Names to watch this season: TE/DE Nate Fisher (Sr.), RB Mehki Williams (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks will need to replace a handful of key names from last season including graduated QB Kyle Krogstad and WR Malik Whitehead.
EDGY's Early Take: The Hawks, under head coach Tim Heyse, have been one of the better turnaround stories in Chicagoland over the past handful of seasons. The program is playing its best and most consistent football since the early 90s. This year, they feature 10 returning starters back from a season ago (six offense, four defense) and will again be in the thick of things once again in the Mid-Suburban West title race.