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School: Victor J. Andrew Thunderbolts
Head coach: Adam Lewandowski
Assistant coaches: James Ramazinski, Gary Young, Tommy McGinnis, Eric Tanquilut, Joe Cesario, Patrick Wertz and Quinn Holler.
How they fared in 2018: 6-4 (5-3 Southwest Suburban); Andrew made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to eventual state champion Nazareth Academy in opening round action.
2019 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 31 @ Kewauskum WI
Sept. 6 vs Oak Forest
Sept. 13 @ Homewood-Flossmoor
Sept. 20 @ Lincoln-Way West
Sept. 27 vs Stagg
Oct. 4 @ Bradley-Bourbonnais
Oct. 11 vs Lincoln-Way Central
Oct. 18 vs Lockport
Oct. 25 @ Bolingbrook
Biggest storyline: After finishing back-to-back seasons with 6-4 records, can Andrew take the next big step in going deeper into the IHSA state football playoffs?
Names to watch this season: RB/DB John Bickel, OL/DL Adam Wisistorfer and S/OLB Joe DeHaan
Biggest holes to fill: The T-Bolts will need to replace seven graduated starters-- four of them one the offensive line.
EDGY's Early Take: The T-Bolts, under third-year head coach Adam Lewandowski, have made back-to-back playoff appearances. Can Andrew keep up the program's positive momentum this fall? That should be the case of defense, as seven starters are back on that side of the ball. If Andrew can get answers at a few key spots (QB/OL), look for them to challenge for a state playoff spot this fall for the third consecutive year.