Brandon Christensen

48 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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48 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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: Aurora Central Catholic

Head coach: Luke Brauweiler

Assistant coaches: Dave Schuster, Chris Bonifas, Rob Stazak, Kent Brauweiler, Dave Williams, Adam Blake, Javi Salinas, Brandon Christensen, Antoine Robertson, Joe Scianna, Dan Lee

How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (4-1 Metro Suburban Red Conference), made the Class 4A state playoffs, defeated Wheaton Academy then lost to Phillips.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs. Aurora Christian

Sept. 1 – @ St. Francis

Sept. 8 – @ Glenbard South

Sept. 15 - vs. Riverside-Brookfield

Sept. 22 - vs. Guerin Prep

Sept. 29 – vs. Walther Christian Academy

Oct. 6 - @ Ridgewood

Oct. 13 - @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 21- vs. Elmwood Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Chargers get back to the state playoffs under Brauweiler?

Names to watch this season: senior RB Ryan Cerza, senior RB/LB Jeff Albert

Biggest holes to fill: The Chargers will need to find an answer at quarterback with the graduation loss of quarterback Johnny Belskis.

EDGY's early take: The Chargers needed to hire a new head coach this past winter after Hall of Fame coach John Belskis stepped down. Brauweiler inherits an experienced Chargers team featuring 11 returning starters (seven offense, four defense). If the Chargers can develop a bit of depth this summer, they have a good chance of getting back to the state playoffs in 2017.