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Head coach: Don Gelsomino
Assistant coaches: Matt Walsh (DC/LB), Pat Rossi (OL), Vince Fanelli (DB), Miguel Villegas (RB), Ryan Patrick (DL), Paul Fekring (OL)
How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red), lost to Rochelle in Class 5A opening-round action.
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2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – Noble Pritzker
Sept. 1 – Maine East
Sept. 8 – @ Riverside Brookfield
Sept. 15 - Glenbard South
Sept. 22 - @ Elmwood Park
Sept. 29 – @ Chicago Christian
Oct. 6 - Aurora Central Catholic
Oct. 13 - @ Guerin Prep
Oct. 20 - Walther Christian
Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels win a third straight conference title and return to the playoffs?
Names to watch this season: Senior WR Marco Vitale, Senior OL/DL Jose Bodon
Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to find a new quarterback to lead the passing attack with the graduation of Richie Zacharius.
EDGY's early take: The Rebels bring back a good core of starters from last season, including seven on defense. Look for Ridgewood to again be a factor in the Metro Suburban Conference and beyond this season.