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Preps Talk preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. View Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Palatine

Head coach: Rick Splitt

How they fared in 2015: 10-3 (4-1) Mid Suburban West Conference. Palatine made the 2015 Class 8A state playoff field. The Pirates defeated Sandburg, Oak Park-River Forest and Brother Rice before losing to Marist in the 8A semifinal game.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Pirates repeat it's success from a season go?

Names to watch this season: QB Zach Oles, LB Mackenzie Balanganyi

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Biggest holes to fill:  Can the Pirates reload at a few key spots on the defensive side of the ball?

EDGY's Early Take: Palatine had a terrific run in 2015 and looks primed for a potential conference title and state playoff run for 2016. Senior QB Zach Oles is an All State player who has experience under his belt and is a huge key for the Pirates this season. 


Pirates schedule

Aug. 28 at Stevenson (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 2 vs. Elk Grove (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 9 vs. Glenbrook South (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 16 at New Trier (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 23 at Hoffman Estates (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 30 vs. Fremd (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 7 at Conant (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 14 at Barrington (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 21 vs. Schaumburg (7:30 p.m.)