Connor Lydon

17 Days to Kickoff: Prairie Ridge

17 Days to Kickoff: Prairie Ridge

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: Prairie Ridge

Head coach: Chris Schremp

Assistant coaches: Joe Terhaar (offensive coordinator), Andy Peterson (defensive coordinator), Ryan O'Neill, Nick Margiotta, Edward Smith, John Caldarella, Evan Kozlowski, Matt Dunker and Andy Orgler

How they fared in 2018: 8-3 (6-2 Fox Valley Conference). Prairie Ridge made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Hinsdale South and then lost to Phillips in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Crystal Lake Central
Sept. 6 vs Hampshire
Sept. 13 @ Huntley
Sept. 20 vs Dundee-Crown
Sept. 27 @ McHenry
Oct. 4 vs Jacobs
Oct. 11 vs Burlington Central
Oct. 18 @ Cary-Grove 
Oct. 25 vs Crystal Lake South

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Biggest storyline: Coach Schremp and company are coming off a rare early exit from the postseason. Can the Wolves recapture the Fox Valley crown and make a deep run in the state playoffs in November?

Names to watch this season: QB Connor Lydon (Sr.), FB Carter Evans (Jr.) and OL Riley Smith (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves welcome back an impressive 16 starters (eight offense, eight defense) but the overall numbers and depth can always be improved.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Wolves were 8-3 last year but don't let that record fool you. All three losses were by one possession or less. This was a very young and talented team last fall. They're coming in hungry and have experience on their side. The offense is paced by senior QB Connor Lydon who operates the Wolves' power run-option attack. Senior WB Blake Brown is a name to watch along with junior Carter Evans (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), a converted TE to FB. The defense has speed and will return all three starters on the defensive line. If Prairie Ridge can catch a break or two in the health department, they have the makings of being a very tough out once the postseason rolls around.