Oswego

Power Rankings: #19 - Oswego

Power Rankings: #19 - Oswego

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: Oswego


Head coach: Brian Cooney


Assistant Coaches:  M. Kersting, K. Hoinkes, J. Harazin, G. Verdino, B. Wilson, J Hugunin, A Imbordino


How they fared in 2017: 10-2 (8-1 Southwest Prairie Conference), Oswego made the 2017 Class 8A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Naperville North and Glenbard West before losing to Lincoln-Way East in the quarterfinal round.


2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Plainfield Central
Aug. 31 @ Minooka
Sept 7 vs Plainfield North
Sept. 15 @ Joliet West
Sept. 21 vs Plainfield East
Sept. 28 @ Romeoville
Oct. 5 @ Oswego East
Oct. 12 vs Joliet Central
Oct. 19 @ Plainfield South

Biggest storyline: Can the Panthers win the Southwest Prairie Conference title for the eighth straight year?


Names to watch this season: RB Charles Coleman WR/DB Josh Forney


Biggest holes to fill: Oswego will need to reload on the defensive side of the football in 2018 with just two starters back from a season ago.


EDGY's Early Take: Oswego and head coach Brian Cooney has his Panthers playing hard nosed and very physical football on both sides of the football to great success. Look for the Panthers offense to utilize it's backfield which includes senior big back Charles Coleman (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and to establish the run game led by big offensive line with three returning starters including senior OL Cole Kiestwetter (6-foot-2, 260 pounds). If the Panthers defense can develop sooner rather than later this season expect Oswego again be a team to watch in the post-season in 2018.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 15 New Trier

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 15 New Trier

CSNChicago.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 Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: New Trier

Head coach: Brian Doll

Assistant coaches: Jason Dane (defensive coordinator), Mike Napoleon (special teams coordinator), Bill Morrison, Tom Hessling, Bob Spagnoli, Bob Bollweg, Mike Harrison, Pete Collins , Joe Chiodo

How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (9-0 Southwest Prairie Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, beat Joliet West then lost to Edwardsville.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 16 Oswego]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. York

Sept. 1 @ Warren Township

Sept. 8 vs. Barrington

Sept. 16 @ Conant

Sept. 22 vs. Niles West

Sept. 28 @ Evanston

Oct. 7 vs. Niles North

Oct. 13 vs. Maine South

Oct. 20 @ Glenbrook South

Biggest storyline: Can the Trevians win back- to-back Central Suburban South titles and also make a deep run in 8A?

Names to watch this season: senior TE Brian Kaiser, junior TE/DE Duke Olges

Biggest holes to fill: New Trier will need to replace starters from a season ago at key spots, including quarterback and linebacker.

EDGY's early take: New Trier was able to finally beat rival Maine South last season, snapping the Hawks' 77-game winning streak, along with winning the Central Suburban South conference crown. With an offense featuring seven returning starters, plus talent up and down the roster, look for the Trevians to again be a real challenger in the conference and Class 8A this season.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 16 Oswego

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 16 Oswego

CSNChicago.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 Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Oswego

Head coach: Brian Cooney

How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (9-0 Southwest Prairie Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, beat Joliet West then lost to Edwardsville.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 17 Hinsdale Central]

2017 regular season schedule:

August 25th vs Minooka

September 1st @ Plainfield North

September 8th vs Joliet West

September 16th @ Plainfield East

September 22nd vs Romeoville

September 29th vs Oswego East

October 7th @ Joliet Central

October 13th vs Plainfield South

October 20th @ Plainfield Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Panthers stay on top of the Southwest Prairie and make a deep run in Class 8A?

Names to watch this season: Senior OL/DL Noah Shannon and Senior DB Josh Shodipo 

Biggest holes to fill: Oswego needs to fill a few key spots, including receiver and along the offensive line.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego has won the Southwest Prairie conference title every season since 2011. The Panthers face several tough tests but they are still the team to beat. Look for Oswego to rely on a very talented defense and a punishing running game, balanced out by senior QB Levi Olson's play-action passing abilities. Senior OL/DL Noah Shannon (Iowa) is an All-State caliber name to watch. Keep an eye on senior DB Josh Shodipo, senior DB Julian Bell and junior RB Charles Coleman as well.