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School: Hinsdale Central
Head coach: Dan Hartman
Assistant coaches: Ray Mankowski, Todd Koehler, Matt McNiff, Brian Griffin, Preston Letts, Tom Dorrance and Tim Lambert
How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (5-1 West Suburban Silver Conference), Hinsdale Central made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Stevenson then lost to Loyola Academy in second round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Naperville Central
Aug. 31 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 7 vs Oak Park-River Forest
Sept. 14 @ Downers Grove North
Sept. 22 vs York
Sept. 28 @ Proviso West
Oct. 5 vs Glenbard West
Oct. 12 @ Lyons Township
Oct. 19 vs Hinsdale South
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Biggest storyline: Can the Red Devils, a perennial playoff candidate, make the postseason and play into November? Can they also challenge for the West Suburban Silver conference title?
Names to watch this season: QB Matt Rush and RB Luke Skokna (WIU)
Biggest holes to fill: The Red Devils will welcome back 16 returning starters (eight offense, eight defense) but will need to develop some depth in a few key areas to make a deep run in Class 8A.
EDGY's Early Take: Dan Hartman might have his best Red Devils team since taking over the football program back in 2014. Keep an eye on Central's offense, led by senior QB Matt Rush and WIU commit RB/WR Luke Skokna plus. They also boast four returning starters on the offensive line. The Red Devils' defense is also experienced. Senior DE Sean Kelly, senior LB Vincent Zelisko and senior DB Aiden Cruickshank are names to watch. The Red Devils will need to come firing out of the gates this early season opening. Two big challenges are on deck in August, first on the road at Naperville Central and then at Willowbrook.