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School: Joliet West
Head coach: Bill Lech
Assistant coaches: Harry Hessling, Seandell Davis, Patrick Lauer, Terry Clarke, Diondrey Hood, Kevin Kusnik, Jeff Peterson, Nick Davis, Peter Nackovic, Dan Tito and Brett Gould
How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (3-6 Southwest Prairie Conference). Joliet West failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
2019 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Minooka
Sept. 6 vs Oswego
Sept. 13 @ Oswego East
Sept. 20 vs Yorkville
Sept. 27 @ Romeoville
Oct. 4 @ Plainfield East
Oct. 11 vs Joliet Central
Oct. 18 vs Plainfield South
Oct. 25 @ Plainfield Central
Biggest storyline: Can the Tigers make more positive steps as a program as they embark on the newly-realigned Southwest Prairie conference?
Names to watch this season: OL Hunter Brooks (Sr.) and FB/LB Tom Luedke (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers graduated nearly their entire starting offensive skills group from a season ago. Junior RB Trent Howland is the lone returning starter back this fall.
EDGY's Early Take: Joliet West posted just a 3-6 record in 2018 but that record was a bit misleading on several levels. The Tigers, under then-first year head coach Bill Lech, turned the program around on a lot of levels. Joliet West came within a few plays of potentially winning four of those six losses. If the Tigers can get their offense on track early this season (against a front-loaded schedule against four Southwest Prairie West crossover opponents) they will again challenge for an IHSA state football playoff spot.