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Head coach: Brad Seaburg
How they fared in 2015: 11-2 (4-1) Fox Valley Conference. Cary-Grove made the 2015 Class 7A state playoff field. The Trojans defeated Belleville West, Benet Academy and Batavia before losing to Glenbard West in the 7A semifinals.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Trojans continue to be the Kings of the Fox Valley?
Names to watch this season: FB/LB Ty Pennington, LB Kevin Pedersen
Biggest holes to fill: Who will be under center running the Trojans offense?
EDGY's Early Take: The Trojans will look towards four-year starting All-State FB/LB Ty Pennington on offense while the defense (6 starters) will have a ton of speed and experience back. Cary-Grove will get a big test right out of the gates but in the end the Trojans will again challenge for a deep state playoff run.
Cary-Grove Trojans schedule:
August 26th 7:00PM vs Prairie Ridge
September 2nd 7:00PM @ McHenry
September 9th 7:00PM vs Hampshire
September 16th 7:15PM @ Jacobs
September 23rd 7:30PM vs Huntley
September 30th 7:00PM @ Dundee-Crown
October 7th 7:00PM @ Crystal Lake South
October 15th 1:00PM vs South Elgin
October 21st 7:00PM vs Crystal Lake Central
Hersey senior QB/S Jordan Hansen (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) has decided to give NIU his verbal commitment.
"I'm really excited about it (commitment to NIU)," Hansen said. "NIU started really recruiting me harder around the beginning of the season. The NIU coaches saw me earlier in the summer at one of the North Central College one day camps and we've been in regular contact ever since then."
Hansen, who was drawing fall recruiting attention from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, and Illinois State felt that NIU was the best overall fit for him.
"NIU has a lot to offer. They recruited me as a safety and I'm more of an athlete recruit for them. I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They are just great guys and they have a plan in place to keep the football program on top. NIU also has nice facilities and really everything at NIU is impressive. NIU is also close to home which is a plus. Distance from home was not a huge factor for me but it definitely works out great for my family."
Hansen is also happy and relieved to have made his college choice.
"It's a big relief for sure. I can just stay focused on my team and on my season without having to worry about recruiting."
Jordan Hansen is the 17th known verbal commitment to the NIU Huskies Class of 2020 and the 3rd known in-state pledge. Hansen joins Oswego OL Jack Hugunin and West Aurora DE Matt Johnson in the NIU 2020 in-state class.
Who wants it more?
NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school sports followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago.
This week, for the first time ever, our Wintrust “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week” will be a boys soccer match—and we have some pretty nice local rivalries on deck. Which game is the most worthy of coverage?
Plainfield Central at Plainfield North, 4:30 p.m.
Fenwick at Oak Park-River Forest, 5:30 p.m.
Mundelein at Carmel, 6:30 p.m.
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