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EDGY: Can these teams with 3-0 records last?

EDGY: Can these teams with 3-0 records last?

After three weeks of IHSA football in the books, several teams have turned around their fate from a year ago and have gotten off to impressive 3-0 starts. Which programs could have staying power the rest of the regular season?

St. Joseph

Biggest win to date: Last Friday's 41-19 win at East Moline United.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Saturday at Lake Forest Academy (1-2). When your program has never made the IHSA state playoff field, your biggest game is the next game.

Biggest question facing the Chargers: What about their overall strength of schedule? So far, it hasn't been good (opponents are 0-9 combined), meaning the Chargers will most likely need six wins to secure a state playoff spot. Head coach Rich Petroski has the Chargers playing well and is easily one of Chicagoland best stories so far.

Fenwick

The Friars biggest win to date? Last Friday's dominating 38-6 win over defending CCL Green and 6A state champion Montini Catholic.

Biggest game left on the schedule? Week 9 hosting De La Salle. It could have major CCL Green and state playoff implications.

Biggest question facing the Friars? Can they survive the remaining regular season schedule and stay healthy? The Friars have the likes of Loyola, Marmion Academy (3-0) and De La Salle (3-0) still left to play.

De La Salle

The Meteors biggest win to date: A 26-16 win over Niles North (0-3) the opening week of the season.

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 7 at Mount Carmel. The Caravan always get the Meteors blood boiling. Plus, this kicks off three straight tough games for De La Salle.

Biggest question facing the Meteors: Are the Meteors battle tested yet? De La Salle is in dire need to win a few tough tests as their opponent’s combined records are 0-9. 

Marmion Academy

The Cadets biggest win to date: Last week’s 21-0 win over St. Francis

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 5 at Montini Catholic. The Cadets could face off against a “need-to-win-or-else” Broncos team.

Biggest question facing the Cadets: Once again, how is their strength of schedule? We should begin to get a better feel this Friday when Marmion travels to Bishop McNamara (0-3), a team that is much tougher than its record indicates.

Naperville North

The Huskies biggest win to date: Last Friday, beating Wheaton North 33-7.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Lake Park (2-1). The Lancers could be a huge test for the Huskies and they can't afford to look past anyone in the DuPage Valley.

Biggest question facing the Huskies? Can Naperville North stay healthy and how will they fare, particularly, over the next four weeks?

Woodstock North

The Thunder's biggest win to date: Last Friday beating Harvard 41-0.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Marengo (3-0). Marengo will undoubtedly be North's biggest test to date.

Biggest question facing the Thunder: How well can Woodstock North match up with some of the heavyweights still left on the schedule (Marengo/Johnsburg/Woodstock/River Falls)?

[RELATED: Edgy's Top 25 Power Rankings for Week 4]

Aurora Central Catholic

The Thunder's biggest win to date: Week 1, beating Aurora Christian 22-9.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Riverside-Brookfield (3-0). This Metro Suburban crossover will be a big test for the Chargers.

Biggest question facing the Chargers: Can Aurora Central Catholic continue to pound the remaining teams on the schedule with their strong running game? Having a Hall of Fame head coach like John Belskis on board is a huge advantage down the road.

Hoffman Estates

The Hawks biggest win to date: Week 2-- a 28-14 win over Buffalo Grove

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 6 at Conant. The Hawks will need to find a conference win and Conant (0-3) has been struggling.

Biggest question facing the Hawks: Can they survive the second half of the regular season schedule? The Mid-Suburban West is absolutely loaded this fall and just getting to five wins is an accomplishment for anyone in that conference.

Shepard

The Astros biggest win to date: Last Friday’s 24-7 win over Evergreen Park.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Richards (1-3). You could argue that Reavis in Week 7 might be a bigger game, but Shepard really wants this one over the Bulldogs.

Biggest question facing the Astros: Can Shepard play well against the bigger names still left (Richards/TF South/Reavis) and show some playoff potential?

Morris

The Redskins biggest win to date: Last week’s 20-3 win over 5A state-ranked Washington (2-1).

Biggest game left on the schedule: Either at DeKalb (2-1) in Week 6 or at Kaneland (2-1) in Week 7.

Biggest question facing the Redskins: Can Morris continue to play consistently good football week in and week out? Turnovers and inconsistent play has hurt Morris over the past few seasons.

Lockport

The Porters biggest win to date: Last Friday 16-14 win over Lincoln-Way Central (2-1).

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 7 hosting Lincoln-Way West. The Porters will see where they stand against the Warriors, not to mention against teams outside of the Southwest Suburban's Big Three (H-F/Bolingbrook/LW East).

Biggest question facing the Porters: Can Lockport continue to win the close games? The Porters struggled all last season in close games. This year they are 3-0 in tight games. 

St. Charles East

The Saints biggest win to date: Last Friday 30-0 win over Geneva (1-2).

Biggest game left on the schedule: This week at St. Charles North (3-0). Nothing announces your arrival better than upsetting your rival on their home field. 

Biggest question facing the Saints: Can they hang in and play tough over the next three weeks? They’re at St. Charles North (3-0), then host Batavia (3-0) and Bartlett (2-1).

Edgy Tim is here to talk about Week 4 of the High School Football season! Have a question about your favorite program or a big game this week? Ask and he'll answer it on-air!

Posted by NBC Sports Chicago on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

43 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

43 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Vincent Holmes, Andy Schindel, Chris Lewis, Justin Harris and Mark Thomas

How they fared in 2018: 8-3 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A IHSA state football playoff field, defeated Springfield and then lost to Normal West in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Leyden
Sept. 6 vs St Francis
Sept. 13 @ Reavis
Sept. 20 @ Evergreen Park
Sept. 27 @ Eisenhower
Oct. 4 vs Oak Lawn
Oct. 11 @ Lemont
Oct. 18 vs Richards
Oct. 25 vs Argo

Biggest storyline: Coach Rone’s first season was a success. Can the Astros make another state playoff run in 2019?

Names to watch this season: LB Matthew Hightower (Sr.), WR/DB Jalen Smith (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros welcome back six returning starters back on defense, but they will feature nearly an entire starting offense with very limited experience.

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach John Rone was able to get the Astros into the  playoffs in his first season in charge of the Shepard program. It was also the fourth straight playoff appearance for the school. The Astros always have plenty on hand in the skills department. But the defense may need to carry a talented —but younger— offense. If the pieces can gel, they can challenge for another IHSA state playoff appearance.

44 Days to Kickoff: Mundelein

44 Days to Kickoff: Mundelein

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Mundelein

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Alex Adams, Dave Whitson, Ken Mooney, John Cowhey, Steve Nolte, Brett Wilhelm, Mike Vukovics, Craig Stocker, Stephen Douglas, Alex Miramontes, Cody Gokan, Joe Lendino and Thomas McArthur

How they fared in 2018: 2-7 (1-6 North Suburban Conference). Mundelein failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Maine West

Sept. 6 @ Grayslake Central

Sept. 13 vs Lake Forest

Sept. 20 vs Waukegan

Sept. 27 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 4 @ Stevenson

Oct. 11 @ Libertyville

Oct. 18 @ Lake Zurich

Oct. 25 @ Warren Township

Biggest storyline: In addition to Coach DeFrancesco bringing his program-building acumen to the northern suburbs, can the Mustangs win on the road? Their last five regular season games of the year are all away from Mundelein.

Names to watch this season: QB Isaac Wellman (Sr.) and OLB Alex Wing (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs welcome back 10 returning starters (three offense, seven defense) but will need to replace their entire starting offensive line group from a season ago. 

EDGY's Early Take: First-year head coach Vince DeFrancesco comes over from Lincoln Park and is looking to get the Mustangs on the winning track. DeFrancesco will take on a daunting schedule; however, this program will play with a ton of energy which has been already evident at various team events and 7-on-7’s this summer.