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School: Glenbrook North
Head coach: Bob Pieper
Assistant coaches: Matt Purdy, Dom Savino, Justin Weiner, Justin Georgacakis, Matt Miller, Brad Hokin, Ernie Brandt and Mike Nabolotny
How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference). Glenbrook North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Wheeling
Sept. 1 vs Grant
Sept. 7 vs Hoffman Estates
Sept. 14 @ Elk Grove
Sept. 21 @ Maine West
Sept. 28 vs Highland Park
Oct. 5 @ Maine East
Oct. 12 vs Deerfield
Oct. 19 vs Vernon Hills
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Biggest storyline: Will the Spartans' growing pains from last season pay off come August?
Names to watch this season: DB Ben Kieffer and OL Nick Mantas
Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans welcome back an impressive 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) this season. That said, who will be the main ball carrier this season for the Spartans?
EDGY's Early Take: Glenbrook North posted a winning record in 2017, but a low playoff point total kept the Spartans watching the playoffs at home. Look for a much more experienced team on both sides of the football this fall that will contend for the Central Suburban North conference title and a state playoff spot.