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Results from Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 and Linemen Challenge

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Results from Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 and Linemen Challenge

It's was a brand new day on Friday for Wheaton North in the annual Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 and Linemen Challenge.

The Falcons and head coach Joe Wardynski started Friday as the 22nd seed in the 32 team field after posting a less than impressive 1-3-1 record in pool play on Thursday. All the Falcons did was go undefeated on Friday including beating DuPage Valley rival Naperville Central 15-14 in the championship game to capture the Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 title. Both Wheaton North and Naperville Central gained bids to the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover, Alabama in mid-July.

"We didn't play well on Thursday," Wardynski said on Friday. "Our kids bounded back today and we've been on a pretty good roll."

The Red Grange Classic also served as an early indicator of just how strong the newly realigned DuPage Valley conference could be for the 2015 season. New DVC teams for 2015 in Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley all performed well on Friday. Longtime DuPage Valley members Wheaton North, Wheaton South, Naperville Central and Glenbard North also finished at the top half of the field.

32 top teams from all over Chicagoland took part in what has become one of the state's top summer football events. The two-day event hosted by Wheaton South High School also featured a Linemen Challenge along with a sophomore level 7-on-7 tournament that was held on Friday at Wheaton North. Naperville Central and Naperville North also hosted pool play games on Thursday along with Wheaton North and Wheaton South.

"When you are invited to an event like this one you need to go," Lincoln Way East head coach Rob Zvonar said. "It allows your kids to come out and compete against some of the top teams in the state. It's also a great chance for the linemen to come out and compete and get them involved."

Bartlett along with Lyons Township also finished in the Final Four on Friday. Huntley won the overall Linemen Challenge crown while Lake Park won the Tug of War.

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

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: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Zack McQueen and Andrew Yarwood

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). St. Edward failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Tinley Park

Aug. 31 @ Wheaton Academy

Sept. 7 @ Hope Academy

Sept. 14 vs Elmwood Park

Sept. 21 @ Guerin Prep

Sept. 28 @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 5 vs IC Catholic Prep

Oct. 12 vs Fenton

Oct. 19 vs Ridgewood

[MORE: 93 Days to Kickoff: Westr Aurora

Biggest storyline: Can the Green Wave reload and replace several multi-year starters lost to graduation this spring?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Nick Wright and WR/DB Sidney Muhammed

Biggest holes to fill: Replacing standout quarterback Dylan Mlinarich will likely be one of the bigger projects for the 'Wave.

EDGY's Early Take: The Green Wave just missed out on the 2017 playoff because of low playoff points and will need to reload come August. Only two starters are back on both sides of the football. Look for St. Edward to get the football into the hands of RB Nick Wright quite a bit. WR Sidney Muhammed will also be another experienced play maker this fall. 

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

92. St. Edward