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Whitney Young ready for all challengers after state title run

Whitney Young ready for all challengers after state title run

Defending Class 4A champion Whitney Young showed that they'll still be a major contender in the city and state title race at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout this weekend as the Dolphins return a lot of the core of last year's title team.

Losing senior Lucas Williamson is going to be tough to replace, but a trio of seniors will be back to help step up and take over for Whitney Young. 

The perimeter group of Javon Freeman, Xavier Castaneda and Justin Boyd should be one of the better groups in the city this season as the first two are both returning double-figure scorers. Boyd missed some of his junior season dealing with an ankle injury but he's one of the premier three-point threats in the Public League as he's coming off of a strong performance in the state title win over Simeon.

Now that Williamson is gone, Freeman could be one of the elite scorers in the state this season while Castaneda will be in the spotlight because the ball will be in his hands. Boyd could also be in position for a breakout season now that he's fully healthy and ready to play.

At Riverside-Brookfield, the Dolphins showed how resilient they are by winning close games against some tough teams like Hillcrest and St. Joseph as they looked like a top five team this preseason.

Whitney Young still needs to figure out who will step up on the interior, but keep an eye out for the Dolphins in Class 4A this season.

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

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: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich Vince Patterson KJ Jones Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

[MORE: 41 Days to Kickoff - Bogan]

Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

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: Bogan

Head coach: Stacy Douglas

Assistant coaches: Yahya Mohammad, Shaun Edward and Kevin Moore

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (1-3 CPL Intra City 2 Conference). Bogan and the rest of the CPL Intra City conference schools were ineligible for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Solorio

Aug. 31 vs. Whitney Young (at Gately)

Sept 8 vs. DuSable (at Stagg)

Sept. 13 vs. UCCS Woodlawn (at Stagg)

Sept. 20 vs. Juarez (at Stagg)

Sept. 29 vs. North Grand (at Stagg)

Oct. 5 vs. Little Village (at Stagg)

Oct. 11 vs. Carver (at Gately)

Oct. 19 TBA CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: After a forfeited season in 2016 and a winning record last season, can the Bengals find success moving up to the CPL Chicago Madison Street conference this season?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Keondre White and TE/SS Mateo Foster

Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals will welcome back several returning starters but overall depth could be a potential issue this season.

EDGY's Early Take: Bogan, with third-year head coach Stacy Douglas, will be stepping up in a big way this fall. They will move from the Intra City conference to the Chicago Madison Street conference, which is IHSA state playoff eligible. While the schedule is a bit tougher this fall do not overlook the Bengals’ chances of competing for a conference title and a potential state playoff bid in 2018.