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48 Days to Kickoff: DeKalb

48 Days to Kickoff: DeKalb

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: DeKalb

Head coach: Matt Weckler

Assistant coaches: Tyler Bell, Bob White, Mike Neuman, Keith Snyder, Tim Holt, Tyrone Williams, Tywon Green and Charlie Crum

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference). DeKalb made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Montini Catholic then lost to Willowbrook in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lake Park

Aug. 31 vs Crystal Lake South

Sept. 7 @ Metea Valley

Sept. 14 vs Sycamore at NIU

Sept. 21 @ Kaneland

Sept. 28 vs Morris

Oct. 5 @ LaSalle-Peru

Oct. 12 vs Yorkville

Oct. 19 vs Geneseo

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Biggest storyline: Can the Barbs keep their postseason success rolling once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Jaylen Hobson, OL Spencer Harris and LB Keegan Smith (Air Force)

Biggest holes to fill: The Barbs will need to replace 14 graduated starters (seven offense, seven defense) from a season ago. 

EDGY's Early Take: DeKalb will enter the final season of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East still in search of a conference home for the 2019 season and beyond. On the field? Head coach Matt Weckler and staff has put together a consistent winner. The Barbs have plenty of talent in the program. If DeKalb can find answers at a handful of key spots (QB/OL/DL) they will challenge for the conference crown and another postseason spot in 2018.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 23 Cary-Grove

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 23 Cary-Grove

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. Leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25., we unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

School: Cary-Grove

Head coach: Brad Seaburg

Assistant coaches: Don Sutherland, Mike Walston, Dean Schlueter, Matt Ruhland, Matt Furlong, Mike Manning, Phil Raffaelli, Ryan Passaglia, Ryan Ludwig

How they fared in 2016: 10-2 (7-1 Fox Valley Conference), made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Wheeling and Grayslake North then lost to DeKalb in the quarterfinal round. 

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 @ Prairie Ridge

Sept. 1 vs. McHenry

Sept. 9 @ Hampshire

Sept. 15 vs. Jacobs

Sept. 23 @ Huntley

Sept. 28 vs. Dundee-Crown

Oct. 5 vs. Crystal Lake South

Oct. 14 @ South Elgin

Oct. 20 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Trojans win the Fox Valley Conference in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior QB Quinn Priester, senior FB/DB Max Skol 

Biggest holes to fill: The Trojans will need to replace both the leadership and production loss with the graduation of FB/LB Tyler Pennington (Arkansas).

EDGY's early take: Cary Grove never takes a backseat to anyone, whether in the Fox Valley or in the state playoffs. Priester will run the Trojans option game and has plenty of talent, along with four returning starting offensive linemen. If Cary Grove can replace some key spots, especially on defense (seven returning starters graduated) this team could challenge for a state title in Class 6A in 2017.

79 Days To Kickoff: Antioch

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79 Days To Kickoff: Antioch

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: Antioch

Head coach: Brian Glashagel

Assistant coaches: Del Pechauer, Mike Gordy, Neil Farlow, Ryan Shifley, Mike Karner, Pat Swanson, Rico Ellis, Vinny Juiditta, Matt Larsen, Steve Baum, Dave Schodin, Jordan Eder

How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (7-0 North Lake County Conference), the Sequoits made the Class 6A playoffs. Antioch defeated Wauconda, then lost to DeKalb in second-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Tremper (Kenosha, Wisc)

Sept. 1 – vs. Woodstock North

Sept. 8 – @ Wauconda

Sept. 15 - @ Grant

Sept. 22 - vs Grayslake Central

Sept. 29 – vs Round Lake

Oct. 6 - vs Lakes

Oct. 13 - vs North Chicago

Oct. 20 - @ Grayslake North

Biggest storyline: Can the Sequoits repeat as conference champs and make a deeper run in 6A?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB Brandon Gallimore, Junior DL Xavier Sanchez, Senior WR Zach Grindley

Biggest holes to fill: While the Sequoits are loaded with returning starters on offense, they are looking to fill some holes in the front seven.

EDGY's early take: Antioch is coming off a 10-1 season, and on paper, could be even stronger this fall. If the Sequoits can reload a bit on defense, beware.