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Head coach: Craig Buzea
Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Zac Wells, Alexander Pratt, Terrance Terry, Josh Ling, Matt Ramos, Josh Forney, David James, Eric Schreiber Sr., Eric Schreiber Jr. and Bart Czachor
How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference). H-F made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Fremd and Barrington. They advanced to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Marist.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs T.F. North
Sept. 6 @ Penn (IN)
Sept. 13 vs Andrew
Sept. 20 @ Lockport
Sept. 27 @ Lincoln-Way East
Oct. 4 vs Sandburg
Oct. 11 @ Lincoln-Way West
Oct. 18 vs Bolingbrook
Oct. 25 vs Lincoln-Way Central
Biggest storyline: The Vikings, who have won a minimum of 10 games in four of the past five seasons, are looking to make another deep run in Class 8A playoffs this fall.
Names to watch this season: OL Marcus Harper II (Sr., Oregon) OL/DL Michael Ford (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, five defense). Program numbers and overall depth are seldom an issue at H-F, so addressing some of the open spots on the defensive shouldn’t be that big of a concern.
EDGY's Early Take: H-F, under head coach Craig Buzea, has built the football program into one of the most consistent winners in Chicago’s south suburbs. Don't look for a downturn anytime soon. The Vikings will rely on senior three-year starting QB Dominick Jones. The offensive line has size and talent and includes Marcus Harper II (Oregon), senior OL/DL Michael Ford and senior OC Denzel Bryant. The defense has speed and the back seven on defense are a big strength. Everything is pointing upwards heading into the season for the Vikings.