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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
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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.