Mount Carmel

Power Rankings #25 - Mount Carmel

Power Rankings #25 - Mount Carmel

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

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

[MORE: 74 Days to Kickoff - Chicago Hope Academy]

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?

59 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel

59 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

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 Class 7A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Moline, Normal Community and East St. Louis before losing to Lake Zurich in the 7A semifinals.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 vs Chicago Hope @ NIU Huskie Stadium

Aug. 31 vs Maine South

Sept. 8 @ Loyola Academy

Sept. 14 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

[MORE: 80 Days to Kickoff - Fenwick]

Biggest storyline: It's all about new head coach Jordan Lynch. Can the former Mount Carmel graduate and NIU quarterback keep the Caravan train rolling along?

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 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.

Frank Lenti out, Jordan Lynch in as Mount Carmel makes coaching change

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Frank Lenti out, Jordan Lynch in as Mount Carmel makes coaching change

Mount Carmel High School announced Friday that Frank Lenti will no longer be the Caravan's head football coach and that former Mount Carmel and Northern Illinois standout Jordan Lynch will take over the football program for the 2018 season.

Congratulations Jordan Lynch, the 2018 Head Coach of Mount Carmel Football. Lynch will succeed the winningest coach in...

Posted by Mount Carmel High School on Friday, December 29, 2017

Lenti, who led the Caravan to 11 state championships, posted a 355-73 record in 33 seasons as Mount Carmel's head coach. Friday, he released a statement claiming he is not retiring but has instead been relived of his coaching duties.

"While I had hoped to honor the commitment I had given the Mount Carmel football student-athletes and families that I would coach them through their time at Mount Carmel, the administration has decided otherwise," Lenti's statement read. "Contrary to what some may have heard, I am not retiring. I love coaching high school football and may pursue that at some point in the future. I will honor my commitment to Mount Carmel and will resume my daily duties in the Development Department for the time being."

Lynch, who graduated from Mount Carmel in 2009, starred at Northern Illinois and was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a senior in 2013. Lynch returned to NIU last season as assistant, coaching running backs.