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School: Downers Grove South
Head coach: Mark Molinari
Assistant coaches: Mark Molinari - Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator, Dan Bielawski - Defensive Coordinator, Troy Michalek - Defensive Line, Matt Quatman - Linebackers, Jon Orech - Offensive Line, Chris Wild - Offensive Line, Paul Maggiore - Running Backs, Tony Nevrly - Wide Receivers
How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-2 West Suburban Gold Conference). Downers Grove South failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Bolingbrook
Sept. 1 vs Oak Park-River Forest
Sept 8 @ Proviso East
Sept. 14 @ Hinsdale South
Sept. 21 vs Addison Trail
Sept. 28 @ Morton
Oct. 5 vs Leyden
Oct. 12 @ Downers Grove North
Oct. 19 vs Willowbrook
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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs contend for the West Suburban Gold title and get back to the IHSA state playoffs?
Names to watch this season: WR/DB Jaelynn Blecke, OL/DL Shawn Lee and ATH Jayden Lambert
Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will have some graduation holes to fill-- especially at the quarterback position. Multi-year starter Matt Greenwald leaves big shoes to fill under center.
EDGY's Early Take: Downers Grove South just missed making the 2017 IHSA state playoff field. While the Mustangs will be a bit younger in 2018, it could work to their advantage. They have some very talented underclassmen names to watch this fall. The Mustangs' overall depth will be tested in a few spots this season; however, if South can stay relatively healthy, this team has a chance to challenge for a conference title and a state playoff spot.