The Lincoln-Way East Griffins kicked off their 2016 campaign Monday morning as this season's CSN Chicago Drive team.
The Griffins, who went 8-3 a season ago under Rob Zvonar, will team up with transferring players from the recently closed down Lincoln-Way North. The Phoenix went 11-1 a year ago in their final season.
"We had seen (The Drive) for the last few years, think it's a great thing for area high school football," Lincoln-Way East athletic director Mark Vander Kooi said. "Very, very exciting. So when we found out we were going to be on The Drive we were ecstatic. It's a great football program, a lot of success, a lot of character development. So we're very excited for the opportunity for our kids.
"I think it's going to bring some great pride to our community. Frankfort Square and Frankfort, I think its going to bring the communities together, the two schools together to unite, and it's going to be a great part of it."
Follow @CSNDrive as we document the Griffins' 2016 football season, and watch for a new episode each Friday night in the fall on High School Lites.