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Head coach: Mark Zimolzak
Assistant coaches: Mike Slattery - OC/Quarterbacks, Mike Naymola - Receivers, Joel Bosman - Assist. Receivers, Craig Kastning - Running Backs, Chris Babyar - Offensive Line, Zack Borring - Assist. Receivers, Cliff Pawlak - Defensive Backs, Paul Reinke - Linebackers, Ben Salomon - Defensive Line, Keith Mooney - Assist. Defensive Line, Gary Swanson - Strength Coach, Will Benson - Scout Teams Coordinator, Mike Doty - Assist. Offensive Line, Doug Millsaps - Assist. Quarterbacks.
How they fared in 2016: 8-4 (8-2 Fox Valley Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Stevenson and Fremd before losing to Loyola in the quarterfinal round.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 @ Jacobs
Sept. 1 vs. Prairie Ridge
Sept. 9 @ Dundee-Crown
Sept. 15 vs. Hampshire
Sept. 23 vs. Cary-Grove
Sept. 28 @ West Aurora
Oct. 5 vs. Crystal Lake Central
Oct. 14 @ Crystal Lake South
Oct. 20 @ McHenry
Biggest storyline: Can the Red Raiders make a deeper run in Class 8A?
Names to watch this season: senior QB Eric Mooney, senior LB Charlie Zornow
Biggest holes to fill: The Red Raiders will need to reload on the offensive line this summer with just one returning starter back in senior Joey Wilson.
EDGY's early take: Huntley made a nice run under Zimolzak in Class 8A last postseason and several key starters return this fall, including All-State quarterback Mooney. The Red Raiders program has continued to make impressive, steady progress on the field. One of these days, sooner rather than later, Huntley will challenge for a Class 8A state title.