Glenbard West

53 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

53 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

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: Glenbard East

Head coach: John Walters

Assistant coaches: Kevin Kane (RB), Tony Bartolotta (OL), Joe Cristina (WR), Jim Walker (DL), Tiff Hamilton (DL), Jeff Cherry (LB), Maurice Mason (OLB), Dennis Lueck (DB), Matt Lahey (DB) and Bruce Fisher (Def asst)

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (3-2 Upstate Eight Conference). Glenbard East failed to qualify for the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 vs Elgin
Aug. 31 @ Bartlett
Sept. 8 vs West Chicago
Sept. 14 vs West Aurora
Sept. 22 @ South Elgin
Sept. 28 @ East Aurora
Oct. 5 vs Streamwood
Oct. 12 @ Glenbard South
Oct. 19 @ Larkin

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Biggest storyline: Will the Rams benefit from the newly-aligned Upstate Eight conference this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Bret Bushka and LB Anthony Shockey

Biggest holes to fill: The Rams have a few key spots to fill (RB/DL); however, with 13 returning starters back in the fold (six offense, seven defense), this is a good group for Glenbard East in 2018.

EDGY's Early Take: Despite their 3-6 record, the Rams were pretty competitive in most of their games last fall. They used the season to get several underclassmen serious playing time. It will pay off come August. They will also benefit this season without the likes of Batavia, Geneva and the St. Charles schools on the regular season schedule. Glenbard East has the chance of becoming a nice story and a state playoff caliber team in 2018. 

Dream on? Some fantasy-like HS matchups could become a reality

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Dream on? Some fantasy-like HS matchups could become a reality

With two more weeks left until the IHSA state playoffs, here are some fun dream matchups to consider.  I would love to see some of these happen-- and in some cases, a few of these actually have a chance to occur.

Homewood-Flossmoor vs East St. Louis: The 8A Vikings, coached by Craig Buzea, have a ton of playmakers. They feature a speedster in NIU-bond senior RB Justin Hall; plus, their speed and athleticism on both sides of the football is eye-catching. As for East St Louis, the Flyers (Class 7A) also have a ton of talent and speed including senior dual-threat QB Christian Perez and a big, very physical offensive line. This would be an excellent back-and-forth game-- a possible 'last possession wins' type of finish.

Marist vs Lincoln-Way East: Both 8A schools could very well see each other on the IHSA playoff road. Coach Rob Zvonar's Griffins feature one of the state's top defensive lines, built around senior Northwestern commit Devin O'Rourke. They also have a strong running game and good overall depth. Marist, under first-year head coach Ron Dawczak, also boasts a fantastic defensive line led by Indiana commit DE Gavin McCabe and Minnesota pledge Elijah Teague. The Redhawks' offense can beat you with the run and the pass. QB Mike Markett, RB Delonte Harrell and a ton of quality receivers are helping Marist rack up nearly 45 points per game. I'd pay to see these two teams compete in any postseason playoff round.

Barrington vs Huntley: It's another matchup that could potentially happen in 8A this postseason. How much fun would it be to see both do-it-all quarterbacks (Barrington's Ray Niro and Huntley's Eric Mooney) battle each other for four quarters?

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Maine South vs a Rochester/Sacred Heart-Griffin CO-OP team: Since 4A perennial power Rochester and 5A-sized Sacred Heart-Griffin are both smaller than Maine South (from an enrollment standpoint) I'd allow a CO-OP for both schools here. How wild would a combined Leonard Family-led team be? Maine South has great balance on offense with QB John O'Sullivan, NIU commit RB Fotis Kokosioulis and a ton of quality receivers. Team Leonard's offense would undoubtedly be equal to the task. 

Glenbard West vs Loyola: Sort of like Godzilla meets Godzilla? Both Loyola (8A) and Glenbard West (8A/7A bubble team) pride themselves on defense first, but both are pretty diverse on offense as well. How cool would this be: two of the top overall programs in Illinois over the past decade going head to head? We can only hope. 

Lake Zurich vs Prairie Ridge: It's the unstoppable force (6A's Prairie Ridge offense with QB Samson Evans) against the immovable object (The 7A Lake Zurich defense). The matchup between the Bears' offense, which has opened up considerably under first year head coach Luke Mertens, against the Wolves' speedy and hard-hitting defense could potentially be just as impressive. 

Phillips vs Peoria: Peoria (4-3), the defending 5A state champs, seem headed to 6A. Of course, they would have to qualify for the state playoff field first. Phillips, the 3A/4A-sized school voluntarily moved up to 5A for the next two seasons. How would the Wildcats defense contain Peoria's offense, led by Illinois commit QB Coran Taylor and company? 

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 4 Glenbard West

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 4 Glenbard West

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 @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Glenbard West

Head Coach: Chad Hetlet

Assistant Coaches: John SIgmund, Rick Heckman, Jon Schweighardt, Carl Landi, Mike Hofland, Joe Kish, Shea Moroni

How they fared in 2016: 10-3 (4-2 West Suburban Silver Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Neuqua Valley, Homewood-Flossmoor and Edwardsville before losing to Loyola in the semifinal round.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 26th vs Maine South

September 2nd vs Proviso East

September 8th @ Addison Trail

September 16th vs York

September 22nd @ Downers Grove North

September 29th @ Lyons Township

October 7th vs Hinsdale Central

October 13th @ Oak Park-River Forest

October 21th vs Proviso West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hilltoppers run the table in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB Ryan Diver, senior WR Alec Pierce, senior RB/LB Dre Thomas

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will look to reload on the offensive line this summer with just one returning starter back in senior OC Connor Skryd. 

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard West and head coach Chad Hetlet will look toward the offense - in particular his backfield - as a strength with senior RB Ryan Diver along with senior RB Dre Thomas headlining the Hilltoppers running attack. Senior QB Alex Hollensbe is a threat with the run and the pass and senior WR Alec Pierce is a headliner. If the defense comes ready to play out of the gates this has the makings of another team capable of big things in 2017.