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87 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

87 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Mike Tisza, Doug Smith, Jesse Kikkert, Tim Sullivan, Matt Brandt, Rob Shell, Mark Seymour and Erik Bryce

How they fared in 2018: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference). T.F. South made the Class 7A state football playoff field and lost to Mount Carmel in opening round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 at Hammond Gavit (IN)

Sept. 6 vs Highland (IN)
Sept. 13 vs Lemont
Sept. 20 vs T.F. North
Sept. 27 vs Reavis
Oct. 4 at Hillcrest
Oct. 11 at Bremen
Oct. 18 at Oak Forest
Oct. 25 vs Tinley Park

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Biggest storyline: The Rebels have gone to the playoffs in 21 of the past 25 seasons and are still one of the more consistent teams in the south suburbs. Can they get deeper into the IHSA state playoff field this season? 

Names to watch this season: FB/LB Michael Smith (Sr.), RB Jamarion Gaines (Sr.), WR/DB CJ Wilson (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will welcome back several starters but a few questions will be need to be answered this summer, namely at quarterback and along the defensive line.

EDGY's Early Take: The Rebels will look to continue to make more positive progress. This season they will rely heavily on 13 returning starters (seven offense, six defense). Keep an eye on senior LB Michael Smith. He will be a four-year varsity starter who is drawing increased recruiting attention this summer. 

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

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Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race.