Ben Kleinhans

45 Days to Kickoff: Metea Valley

45 Days to Kickoff: Metea Valley

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: Metea Valley

Head coach: Ben Kleinhans

Assistant coaches: Matt Main, Eric Kramer, Russ Lorenz, John Aister, Jeff Schey, Jim Braun, Rick Kleinhans, Drew Fumagalli, Chris LeRoy, Tom Doromal, Alex Malandro, Jason Royal, Albert Zika, Ron Edwards and Tony Casa

How they fared in 2017: 1-8 (0-8 DuPage Valley Conference). Metea Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Wheaton South

Aug. 31 vs Lake Park

Sept. 7 vs DeKalb

Sept. 14 @ Naperville North

Sept. 21 vs Naperville Central

Sept. 28 @ Bradley

Oct. 5 vs Naperville North

Oct. 12 @ Neuqua Valley

Oct. 19 vs Waubonsie Valley

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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs make a run towards a winning season in 2018?

Names to watch this season: TE Austin Frederick and SS Julian Wlodarczyk (North Dakota State)

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will need to replace seven graduated starters on offense, including at key positions (QB/WR) this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: The good news this fall for Metea Valley is that they bring back a defense with experience (seven returning starters). Plus, their team features a high level of speed and athleticism. Like other teams in the new-look DVC, they will play a school twice-- in this case, Metea plays Naperville North on Sept. 14 and Oct. 5. The key for the Mustangs this season will be getting off to a good start on the always-loaded regular season schedule.

26 Days to Kickoff: Metea Valley

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26 Days to Kickoff: Metea Valley

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: Metea Valley

Head coach: Ben Kleinhans

Assistant Coaches: Matt Fehrmann, Matt Main, Jeff Schey, John Aister, Dr. Jim Braun, Russ Lorenz, Eric Kramer

Drew Fumagalli, JD Sheldon, Rick Kleinhans, Chris Leroy, Tom Doromal, Rob Woolwine DeAngelo Gerald, Kiel Smith, Chris Melin, , Alex Malandro

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-6 DuPage Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Neuqua Valley

September 1st vs Naperville North

September 8th @ Naperville Central

September 15th @ Wheaton North

September 22nd vs Waubonsie Valley

September 29th vs Lake Park

October 6th @ Wheaton South

October 13th @ Glenbard North

October 20th @ Rock Island

Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs make some noise in the DVC in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OT Bryce Effner (Penn State) Senior LB Ryan Malone

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will need to reload at a few key spots this summer including quarterback and on the defensive line. 

EDGY's Early Take: Metea Valley will look towards it's offense and especially four returning starters on the offensive line which includes Penn State verbal commit Bryce Effner (6-foot-5, 290 pounds). Look for the Mustangs to come out and battle all comers in the DuPage Valley Conference.