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School: Joliet Catholic Academy
Head coach: Jake Jaworski
Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik
How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita
Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep
Sept. 7 @ St. Viator
Sept. 14 vs. Carmel
Sept. 21 @ Marist
Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy
Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic
Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy
Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame
Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?
Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams
Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.
EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.