33 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

33 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Aurora Central Catholic

Head coach: Luke Brauweiler

Assistant Coaches: Dave Schuster, Rob Stazak, Dave Williams, Dewan White, Dan Lee, Adam Blake, Joe Scianna, Antawan Robertson and Chris Ricca

How they fared in 2018: 2-7 (1-5 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). ACC failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Plano 
Sept. 6 vs Richmond-Burton 
Sept. 13 @ Aurora Christian
Sept. 20 vs Chicago Christian
Sept. 27 vs Riverside-Brookfield
Oct. 4 @ IC Catholic Prep
Oct. 11 vs Wheaton Academy
Oct. 18 vs Bishop McNamara
Oct. 25 @ St. Francis

[MORE: 47 Days to Kickoff - Chicago Christian

Biggest storyline: Can the Chargers replace multiple graduated starters this summer from a season ago?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Drew Babler (Sr.) and WR/S Danny Kuttner (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Chargers will welcome back just five returning starters (three offense, two defense) for this season and will need an influx of new starters-- especially on the offensive and defensive lines.  

EDGY's Early Take: Aurora Central Catholic and head coach Luke Brauweiler will look to charter the always-difficult waters in a loaded Metro Suburban Blue, a conference which generated two 4A state finalists in Bishop McNamara and IC Catholic Prep (state champs). The Chargers' early portion of the regular season schedule is vital and also not easy, and a good early start will be a huge barometer for the Chargers.

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, it's all about Bubble Watch. All of the featured games below include teams who are fighting to get on the right side of the playoff bubble. Which game is the most worthy for our cameras?

Evergreen Park at Tinley Park, 7:00 p.m.

Woodstock at Richmond-Burton, 7:00 p.m.

Elmwood Park at Aurora Central Catholic, 7:00 p.m.

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSNChicago.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 Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Phillips

Head coach: Troy McAllister

How they fared in 2016: 11-2 (5-0 CPL Illini Land of Lincoln Conference), made the Class 4A state playoff field, beat Kewanee, Aurora Central Catholic and Herscher before losing to Johnsburg in the semifinal round.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 14 Mount Carmel]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 26 vs. Loyola Academy

Sept. 1 @ Richards

Sept. 9 vs. Simeon *Gately*

Sept. 17 @ Westinghouse

Sept. 22 vs. Vocational *Mandrake*

Sept. 29 vs. South Shore *Mandrake*

Oct. 6 vs. Raby *Mandrake*

Oct. 13 @ Solorio

Oct. 20 CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: How well can Phillips fare in the regular season and then potentially in Class 3A this year?

Names to watch this season: senior QB J'Bore Gibbs (South Dakota State), senior RB/LB Craig Elmore

Biggest holes to fill: Phillips has experience back all over the field, but the Wildcats will need to replace three graduated starters on the offensive line.

EDGY's early take: The Wildcats just seem to find a way to reload year in and year out and will once again be one of the top teams in the Chicago Public League this season. Class 3A? According to the preseason projections (final classes aren't determined until Playoff Pairings Night), the Wildcats appear to be headed towards Class 3A after being a power in Class 4A over the past four seasons. Keep an eye on the early schedule for the Wildcats which is loaded and includes 8A power Loyola, 6A power Richards and a Week 3 showdown with Simeon.