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School: Mount Carmel
Head coach: Jordan Lynch
Assistant coaches: Offense-- Marc Antonetti, James Jefferies, John O'Connor, Frank lenti Jr. Defense-- Dave Lenti, Jerry Blew, Chris Goffer and Bill Nolan
How they fared in 2017: 9-4 (2-2) Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference. Mount Carmel made the 7A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Moline, Normal Community and East St. Louis before losing to Lake Zurich in the semifinal round.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 vs Chicago Hope @ NIU Huskie Stadium
Aug. 31 vs Maine South
Sept. 8 @ Loyola Academy
Sept. 15 vs De La Salle
Sept. 21 @ Marmion Academy
Sept. 28 vs St. Ignatius
Oct. 5 vs Providence Catholic
Oct. 12 @ St. Laurence
Oct. 19 Vs Fenwick
Biggest storyline: Several major storylines surround the program, but the main one revolves around the head coaching position. Can Mount Carmel graduate and former NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch keep the Caravan train rolling along? Also, what will a move to the Chicago Catholic Green entail for the program?
Names to watch this season: QB Rad Premovic, RB Kyle Davis (Western Michigan) and OL Marcelo Mendiola (Cincinnati)
Biggest holes to fill: The Caravan will need to find a go-to game-breaker type to replace the now-graduated Alek Thomas (MLB).
EDGY's Early Take: All eyes will be on former Caravan and NIU standout QB Jordan Lynch this fall. He takes over for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti, who was fired back in December. The Caravan have several key names returning this season and while the offense is expected to be a bit more pass-friendly under Lynch, you can still fully expect the same hard-nosed, physical running game. Of course, count on a sturdy defense that fans have come to expect. Lynch was also able to retain several veteran assistant coaches under Frank Lenti. It'll undoubtedly help him once the regular season begins. You'll also notice that St. Rita is no longer on the schedule. How will the Caravan handle the Chicago Catholic Green conference?