Joliet Central

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

It's a rivalry within a rivalry: "The Joliets vs. The Oswegos." Who wants it more? 

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. We're going all out for a pair of crosstown rivalry games that we are going to pair against...each other: 

Joliet Central at Joliet West, 5:45 p.m.

Oswego East at Oswego, 6:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

73 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Central

73 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Central

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Central

Head coach: Brett Boyter

Assistant coaches: Tony Juarez, Mark Peterson, Kyle Knezetic, Brian Levicke, Chris Curry, Jon Punke, Nick Durkin, Quinn Walsh, Calvin Halliman, Lawrence Rodgers, Kameron Majerus and Brandon Kelly

How they fared in 2017: 0-9 (0-9 Southwest Prairie Conference), Joliet Central failed to qualify for the IHSA football state playoff field. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Romeoville

Aug. 31 vs Plainfield East

Sept. 7 vs Minooka

Sept. 14 @ Oswego East

Sept. 22 vs Plainfield Central

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield South

Oct. 5 vs Plainfield North

Oct. 12 @ Oswego

Oct. 19 vs Joliet West

[MORE: 91 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Catholic]

Biggest storyline: Can the Steelmen get back on the winning track in 2018?

Names to watch this season: QB Jared King and OL/DL Alexander Gregurich

Biggest holes to fill: The Steelmen will need to move forward without graduated four year starting quarterback Zach Wisneski (Robert Morris).

EDGY's Early Take: Joliet Central is still looking for the school's first winning football season since the program split from the combined Joliet Township sports teams back in 2010. Head coach Brett Boyter will be looking forward to having 13 returning starters back (six offense, seven defense) as a key building block this fall.

42 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

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42 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

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: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Marc Rusinko, Steve McShane, Eloy Diaz, Scot Brockner, Mike Childers, Alex Wahl, Zack McQueen

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (0-5 Metro Suburban Blue Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA playoff field.

[MORE: 43 Days To Kickoff - Joliet Central]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs. Metamora

Sept. 1 – vs. Hope Academy

Sept. 8 – vs. Walther Lutheran

Sept. 15- @ Guerin Prep

Sept. 22 - @ Immaculate Conception

Sept. 29 – vs. Fenton

Oct. 6 - @ Glenbard South

Oct. 14 - vs. Riverside Brookfield

Oct. 20- vs. Wheaton Academy

Biggest storyline: Can St. Edward make some waves in conference play?

Names to watch this season: senior QB Dylan Mlinarich, senior WR Saveon Smith

Biggest holes to fill: St. Edward welcomes back 20 starters from last season, but can they develop some much-needed depth?

EDGY's early take: The Green Wave ran into a buzzsaw in 2016 named the Metro Suburban Blue conference. They failed to win a conference game after posting a strong 4-0 start. They have plenty of varsity experience returning and some impressive names to watch. St. Edward looks to be in a better position to get back into the playoffs this time around. That said, a challenging conference and an opening night tilt against 5A/4A power Metamora await.