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Head coach: Tim Racki
Assistant coaches: Casey Moran, Joe Reynolds, Rudy luna, Brody Budmayr, Jeff Tumpane, Joe Battaglia, Steve Gray, Tom Minogue, Larry White, Jonathon Bittle, Joe Felice
How they fared in 2016: 6-5 (3-4 East Suburban Catholic Conference), lost to Vernon Hills in Class 5A second-round action.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – Dunbar
Sept. 1 – De La Salle
Sept. 8 – Notre Dame
Sept. 15 - @ Carmel
Sept. 22 - Benet Academy
Sept. 29 – Joliet Catholic
Oct. 6 - @ Marist
Oct. 13 - St. Viator
Oct. 20 - @ Marian Catholic
Biggest storyline: Can the underclassmen come of age and lead the Roadrunners back to a state title?
Names to watch this season: Senior OL/DL Isaiah Lee, Senior RB/LB Austin Reifsteck
Biggest holes to fill: Not much. The Roadrunners welcome back nearly all 22 starters, along with several players who saw significant playing time in 2016.
EDGY's early take: Nazareth Academy played a huge number of underclassmen in 2016, while also struggling with a rash of injuries. The positives from last season? The Roadrunners now feature an experienced and deep team that has a real shot of making a serious run at the East Suburban Catholic Conference title and way beyond in Class 5A.