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72 Days To Kickoff: De La Salle

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72 Days To Kickoff: De La Salle

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: De La Salle

Head Coach: Mike Boehm

Assistant Coaches: Bill Green, Arthur Ray, Jimmy Brinkley, Tristan Stovall, Shaefrey Griffin, David Burton, Pat Blake, Kevin Thurmond and Levi Bradley

How they fared in 2016: 5-5 (1-3 Chicago Catholic League Green Conference), failed to qualify for the IHSA State Playoffs.

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2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs Niles North (at St. Rita)

Sept. 1 – @ Nazareth Academy

Sept. 9 – @ Benton Harbor (Mich.)

Sept. 15 - vs Aurora Christian (at St. Rita)

Sept. 22 - vs St. Francis (at University of Chicago)

Sept. 29 – @ Montini Catholic

Oct. 6 - vs Mount Carmel (at St. Rita)

Oct. 13 - @ Marmion Academy

Oct. 20 - vs Fenwick (at St. Rita)

Biggest storyline: Can the Meteors become true road warriors and pick up wins away from 35th & Michigan?

Names to watch this season: Senior LB Joe Bonds, Senior DB Byron Perkins and Senior OL/DL Nick Boehm

Biggest holes to fill: The Meteors will be forced to play away from De La Salle Institute all season. The school is adding on to its facilities, which will include a brand new turf field.

EDGY's Early Take: De La Salle saw the best of times and the worst of times in 2016. They won five straight regular season games then lost the last four and missed out on the state playoffs. However, the Meteors have a talented roster heading into 2017 and should challenge for a state playoff spot.