Maine West

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant coaches: Steve Piha (Def. Coordinator), Mike O'Brill (DB/ST Coordinator), Tony Manicke (LB/Head JV Coach), Dan Wilson (OL) Russ Swenson (TE) Ryan Willett (QB) Matt Boswell (DL) Trent Greco (WR) Kyle Prater (WR) Mike Smith (Head Frosh Coach) Joe Duszynski (Frosh Asst.) and DJ Frey (Frosh Asst.).

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference). Maine West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Warriors lost to Benet Academy in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Mundelein

Sept. 1 @ Fenton

Sept. 7 vs Elk Grove

Sept. 14 @ Hersey

Sept. 21 vs Glenbrook North

Sept. 28 @ Maine East

Oct. 5 vs Vernon Hills

Oct. 12 vs Highland Park

Oct. 19 @ Deerfield

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Biggest storyline: Will history repeat itself? Can the Warriors post back-to-back IHSA state playoff appearances? If so, it'd be a first for the Des Plaines high school.

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Jake Bellizzi, FB/LB Krystian Garbicz and WR/DB Ely Grimmer

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to replace standout TE Matt Kentgen (now at Butler). He was a multi-year starter and team leader last fall.  

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West, coached by Jason Kradman, has been one of the area's better success stories. Kradman took over the Warriors program in 2014 and guided the Warriors to their first state playoff appearance since 2002. With 13 returning starters back from a season ago (seven offense, six defense) and a program-wide boost in overall numbers and excitement, look for the Warriors to have a good shot at playoff football once again this October.

29 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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29 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Jeremy Main, Ryan Velasquez, Andy Brogan, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Reggie Cribbs

How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (8-1 Southwest Prairie Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Curie then lost to Loyola Academy.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Joliet West

Sept. 1 @ Romeoville

Sept. 8 @ Joliet Central

Sept. 15 vs. Plainfield South

Sept. 22 vs. Plainfield North

Sept. 29 @ Oswego

Oct. 6 @ Plainfield Central

Oct. 13 vs. Minooka

Oct. 20 @ Plainfield East

Biggest storyline: Can Oswego East reload on offense, especially in the offensive skills department?

Names to watch this season: senior WR/DB Antwain Walker (Illinois), senior HB/LB BJ Graves

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace nearly its entire starting offensive skills group from a year ago.

EDGY's early take: Despite some important questions, Oswego East still has plenty of talent on hand this fall. The Wolves will get a good early test in Week 1 when they host Joliet West, and if the offense can develop sooner rather than later this remains a playoff caliber team. I would not want to face this Oswego East team later in the regular season.