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School: Elmwood Park
Head coach: Dylan Mack
Assistant coaches: Gabe Ostrander, Tim Eberhard, Mario Fiorito, Chad Nardi, Joe Kraft and Dwayne French
How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (4-1 Metro Suburban Red Conference), Elmwood Park made the Class 4A state football playoff field. The Tigers lost to Genoa-Kingston in opening round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs St. Joseph
Sept. 1 vs Foreman
Sept. 7 vs Ridgewood
Sept. 14 @ St. Edward
Sept. 21 @ Fenton
Sept. 28 vs Leo
Oct. 5 @ Guerin Prep
Oct. 12 vs Chicago Christian
Oct. 19 vs Bishop McNamara
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Biggest storyline: An encore performance. Can the Tigers make back-to-back playoff appearances this season?
Names to watch this season: FB/DE Luciano Martino and WR/DB Kris Diallo
Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers will need to replace eight graduated starters on defense this fall.
EDGY's Early Take: Elmwood Park head coach Dylan Mack is looking to keep the winning momentum found last season going into 2018. The Tigers will rely on an experienced offense with eight returning starters back in the fold and if the defense can gel sooner rather than later, look for Elmwood Park to once again challenge for another state playoff bid this fall.