Matt Ruhland

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 23 Cary-Grove

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 23 Cary-Grove 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. Leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25., we unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

School: Cary-Grove

Head coach: Brad Seaburg

Assistant coaches: Don Sutherland, Mike Walston, Dean Schlueter, Matt Ruhland, Matt Furlong, Mike Manning, Phil Raffaelli, Ryan Passaglia, Ryan Ludwig

How they fared in 2016: 10-2 (7-1 Fox Valley Conference), made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Wheeling and Grayslake North then lost to DeKalb in the quarterfinal round. 

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 @ Prairie Ridge

Sept. 1 vs. McHenry

Sept. 9 @ Hampshire

Sept. 15 vs. Jacobs

Sept. 23 @ Huntley

Sept. 28 vs. Dundee-Crown

Oct. 5 vs. Crystal Lake South

Oct. 14 @ South Elgin

Oct. 20 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Trojans win the Fox Valley Conference in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior QB Quinn Priester, senior FB/DB Max Skol 

Biggest holes to fill: The Trojans will need to replace both the leadership and production loss with the graduation of FB/LB Tyler Pennington (Arkansas).

EDGY's early take: Cary Grove never takes a backseat to anyone, whether in the Fox Valley or in the state playoffs. Priester will run the Trojans option game and has plenty of talent, along with four returning starting offensive linemen. If Cary Grove can replace some key spots, especially on defense (seven returning starters graduated) this team could challenge for a state title in Class 6A in 2017.