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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
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.