Power Rankings #24 - Montini

Power Rankings #24 - Montini 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: Montini Catholic

Head coach: Mike Bukovsky

Assistant coaches: Brian Casey, Mark Placey, Kyle Petros, Joe DiCanio, Thomas Mclaurin, Ted Fleckles, Larry Sheppard, Jack Bruscianelli and Roosevelt Holiday

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-1 Chicago Catholic League Green Conference). Montini made the Class 6A IHSA state playoff field and lost to DeKalb in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Hyde Park

Aug. 31 vs Christ The King

Sept. 7 vs Marmion Academy

Sept. 14 vs St. Joseph

Sept. 21 vs St Rita

Sept. 29 @ Loyola Academy

Oct. 5 @ Fenwick

Oct. 12 @ Providence Catholic

Oct. 19 vs Brother Rice

[MORE: 80 Days to Kickoff - Fenwick]

Biggest storyline: It's a huge step up in competion for Montini, going from the CCL Green to the CCL Blue. Can the Broncos, not only improve from a season ago, but also make inroads in a brutally tough conference with just 280 boys enrolled in the school? 

Names to watch this season: RB Nick Fedanzo (Illinois) and OL Mike McNicholas (Kent State) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Broncos will be much more experienced in 2018 but have a few key spots still to be decided (QB/OL/DB).

EDGY's Early Take: Look for Montini Catholic to be very focused in head coach Mike Bukovsky's second season at the helm. First round playoff exits don't sit well at Montini. The defense will be a key with eight returning starters while the offense will feature RB Nick Fedonzo, an Illinois commit. They also have an experienced group of offensive skill position players. The Broncos' first five games of the regular season are at home. Getting off to a strong start will be huge plus going into October. 

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage


Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @CSNPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, it's all about first place: we're featuring games with a direct bearing on who will be in first place in their respective conference at night's end. Which teams will gain momentum after Friday night? 

Lemont at T.F. South, 7:00 p.m.

Willowbrook at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m.

Montini at Marmion Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @CSNPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @CSNPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @CSNPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @CSNPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.