Preps Talk

Preps Talk

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Prairie Ridge

Head coach: Chris Schremp

Assistant coaches: Joe Terhaar, Andy Peterson, Ryan O'Neill, Nick Margiotta, John Caldarella, Evan Kozlowski, Matt Dunker and Andy Orgler

How they fared in 2017: 14-0 (8-0 Fox Valley Conference). Prairie Ridge made the Class 6A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Crystal lake Central, Cary-Grove, Willowbrook and Hoffman Estates. They advanced to the championship game against Nazareth Academy and defeated the Roadrunners to capture the state title.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Crystal Lake Central

Aug. 31 @ Hampshire

Sept. 7 vs Huntley

Sept. 14 @ Dundee-Crown

Sept. 21 vs McHenry

Sept. 28 @ Jacobs

Oct. 5 @ Waubonsie Valley

Oct. 12 vs Cary-Grove

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake South

[MORE: 47 Days To Kickoff - Huntley]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves continue their astonishing winning streak in the Fox Valley Conference? Is a state title three-peat in the cards?

Names to watch this season: FB Jackson Willis and LB Drew Fryer

Biggest holes to fill: The back-to-back state champion Wolves need to replace, undoubtedly, their best ever graduated senior class. The 2017 group included QB Samson Evans (Iowa) and OL Jeff Jenkins (Iowa).

 

EDGY's Early Take: While it's true that Superman (Samson Evans) has left the building, the Wolves still have plenty of talent on board to be a Fox Valley Conference and 6A state title contender. Prairie Ridge welcomes back nine returning starters (five offense, four defense). All eyes will be on junior QB Connor Lydon. He will be given the reins of the Wolves’ power option offense this season.