Alexander Gregurich

73 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Central

73 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Central

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: Joliet Central

Head coach: Brett Boyter

Assistant coaches: Tony Juarez, Mark Peterson, Kyle Knezetic, Brian Levicke, Chris Curry, Jon Punke, Nick Durkin, Quinn Walsh, Calvin Halliman, Lawrence Rodgers, Kameron Majerus and Brandon Kelly

How they fared in 2017: 0-9 (0-9 Southwest Prairie Conference), Joliet Central failed to qualify for the IHSA football state playoff field. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Romeoville

Aug. 31 vs Plainfield East

Sept. 7 vs Minooka

Sept. 14 @ Oswego East

Sept. 22 vs Plainfield Central

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield South

Oct. 5 vs Plainfield North

Oct. 12 @ Oswego

Oct. 19 vs Joliet West

[MORE: 91 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Catholic]

Biggest storyline: Can the Steelmen get back on the winning track in 2018?

Names to watch this season: QB Jared King and OL/DL Alexander Gregurich

Biggest holes to fill: The Steelmen will need to move forward without graduated four year starting quarterback Zach Wisneski (Robert Morris).

EDGY's Early Take: Joliet Central is still looking for the school's first winning football season since the program split from the combined Joliet Township sports teams back in 2010. Head coach Brett Boyter will be looking forward to having 13 returning starters back (six offense, seven defense) as a key building block this fall.