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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.