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School: Crystal Lake South
Head coach: Rob Fontana
How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-6 Fox Valley Conference), Crystal Lake South failed to qualify for the IHSA football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Cary-Grove
Aug. 31 @ DeKalb
Sept 7 vs Crystal Lake Central
Sept. 14 vs Hampshire
Sept. 21 vs Huntley
Sept. 28 @ Dundee Crown
Oct. 5 vs McHenry
Oct. 12 @ Jacobs
Oct. 19 vs Prairie Ridge
Biggest storyline: Can the Gators rely on an experienced, talented team to compete for the Fox Valley Conference title along with getting into the IHSA football playoff field?
Names to watch this season: OT Trevor Keegan, OL Dom Collado and WR Jacob Rana
Biggest holes to fill: The Gators defense must improve upon on the defensive side of the football. Last season, they allowed over 38 points per game.
EDGY's Early Take: The Gators feature Illinois' top-ranked player in the Class of 2019 in Trevor Keegan (6-foot-6, 310 pounds). Keegan will anchor an offensive line with plenty of size and experience. If Crystal Lake South can get its defense in order they have a good chance at challenging for a playoff spot in October.