Drew Babler

33 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

33 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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: Aurora Central Catholic

Head coach: Luke Brauweiler

Assistant Coaches: Dave Schuster, Rob Stazak, Dave Williams, Dewan White, Dan Lee, Adam Blake, Joe Scianna, Antawan Robertson and Chris Ricca

How they fared in 2018: 2-7 (1-5 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). ACC failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Plano 
Sept. 6 vs Richmond-Burton 
Sept. 13 @ Aurora Christian
Sept. 20 vs Chicago Christian
Sept. 27 vs Riverside-Brookfield
Oct. 4 @ IC Catholic Prep
Oct. 11 vs Wheaton Academy
Oct. 18 vs Bishop McNamara
Oct. 25 @ St. Francis

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Biggest storyline: Can the Chargers replace multiple graduated starters this summer from a season ago?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Drew Babler (Sr.) and WR/S Danny Kuttner (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Chargers will welcome back just five returning starters (three offense, two defense) for this season and will need an influx of new starters-- especially on the offensive and defensive lines.  

EDGY's Early Take: Aurora Central Catholic and head coach Luke Brauweiler will look to charter the always-difficult waters in a loaded Metro Suburban Blue, a conference which generated two 4A state finalists in Bishop McNamara and IC Catholic Prep (state champs). The Chargers' early portion of the regular season schedule is vital and also not easy, and a good early start will be a huge barometer for the Chargers.