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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.