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74 Days To Kickoff: Metea Valley

74 Days To Kickoff: Metea Valley

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Metea Valley 

Head coach: John Parpet Jr.

Assistant coaches: Defensive coordinator - Erik Kramer, Asst. coach - Russ Lorenz, Asst. coach - Albert Zika, Asst. coach - Evan Goodman

How they fared in 2018: 1-8 (0-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Metea Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs. Wheaton Warrenville South
Sept. 6 @ Lake Park 
Sept. 13 @ Belleville East
Sept. 20 @ Naperville Central
Sept. 27 vs. De Kalb
Oct. 4 @ Naperville North
Oct. 11 vs. Neuqua Valley
Oct. 18 @ Waubonsie Valley  
Oct. 25 vs. Neuqua Valley

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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs get off to a good start under first year head coach John Parpet Jr.?

Names to watch this season: TE/DE Austin Frederick (Sr.) and TE/LB John Belskis (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will need to replace seven graduated starters on the defensive side of the football for the 2019 season.

EDGY's Early Take: Metea Valley and first year head coach John Parpet Jr. will look to get the Mustangs program on the winning side of the slate after posting back-to-back 1-8 seasons. They will rely on an experienced core of senior multi-year starters. If the underclassmen group can develop sooner rather than later, this program has the potential for a breakout. The regular season schedule in the DuPage Valley conference is always stacked; they need to get off to a good early start.

48 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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48 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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: Aurora Central Catholic

Head coach: Luke Brauweiler

Assistant coaches: Dave Schuster, Chris Bonifas, Rob Stazak, Kent Brauweiler, Dave Williams, Adam Blake, Javi Salinas, Brandon Christensen, Antoine Robertson, Joe Scianna, Dan Lee

How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (4-1 Metro Suburban Red Conference), made the Class 4A state playoffs, defeated Wheaton Academy then lost to Phillips.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs. Aurora Christian

Sept. 1 – @ St. Francis

Sept. 8 – @ Glenbard South

Sept. 15 - vs. Riverside-Brookfield

Sept. 22 - vs. Guerin Prep

Sept. 29 – vs. Walther Christian Academy

Oct. 6 - @ Ridgewood

Oct. 13 - @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 21- vs. Elmwood Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Chargers get back to the state playoffs under Brauweiler?

Names to watch this season: senior RB Ryan Cerza, senior RB/LB Jeff Albert

Biggest holes to fill: The Chargers will need to find an answer at quarterback with the graduation loss of quarterback Johnny Belskis.

EDGY's early take: The Chargers needed to hire a new head coach this past winter after Hall of Fame coach John Belskis stepped down. Brauweiler inherits an experienced Chargers team featuring 11 returning starters (seven offense, four defense). If the Chargers can develop a bit of depth this summer, they have a good chance of getting back to the state playoffs in 2017.