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School: Prospect Knights
Head coach: Dan DeBoeuf
Assistant coaches: Brock Collins (DC), Tim Beisher (STC), Matt Weber (WR), Jeff Collier (DB), Dan Keller (LB), Jim Argentine (DL), Dan Yeoman (DB), Michael Watson (RB), Tom Whalen, Dominic Canon and Mike Naboltny
How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (2-3 Mid Suburban East). Prospect made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Glenbard East in opening round action.
2019 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 30 @ St Viator
Sept. 6 vs Hoffman Estates
Sept. 13 vs Niles West
Sept. 20 @ Highland Park
Sept. 27 @ Elk Grove
Oct. 4 @ Hersey
Oct. 11 vs Rolling Meadows
Oct. 18 vs Hersey
Oct. 25 @ Wheeling
Biggest storyline: Can the Knights challenge for the Mid-Suburban East conference title in 2019?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Sebastian Swistak (Sr.), WR Matt Meyer (Sr.) and RB/DB Luke Zardzin (Jr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Knights bring back a ton of experience back this fall; however, a few key seniors will graduate this spring. That list includes QB Jimmy Martin and RB Michael Shafis.
EDGY's Early Take: In his first year as Prospect head coach, Dan DeBoeuf was able to make the IHSA state playoffs-- the first postseason berth for the school since 2012. What will the Knights do for an encore? More postseason success is expected in 2019. With 15 returning starters back in the fold, I'm looking for the Knights to challenge for a state playoff spot and a conference title.