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School: Oak Forest Bengals
Head coach: Brian McDonough
Assistant coaches: Jason Thormeyer, Mark Pattison, Ryan Ramos, Eric Gomez, Jeff Kelly, Brent Lythberg, Rob Simon, Nate Becker, Ron Czarnecki
How they fared in 2015: 9-2 (5-1) South Suburban Blue. The Bengals made the Class 6A state playoff field. Oak Forest defeated Quincy, then lost to Hinsdale South in the second round.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Bengals reload and make a 17th straight playoff appearance?
Names to watch this season: RB/DB Tyler Suchy, DE/LB Eric Brenner
Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals lost quite a bit of offensive production with the graduation loss of standout do-it-all Nick Czeszewski.
EDGY's early take: Year in and year out McDonough has the Bengals playing winning football. Despite some heavy graduation losses and just seven starters back, expect Oak Forest to compete for a conference title and playoff spot in 2016.