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Head coach: Bill Ziemba
How they fared in 2017: 8-4 (3-2 Chicago Public League Illini Land of Lincoln Conference). Solorio made the Class 5A IHSA football playoff field. The Sun Warriors defeated Back of the Yards, then lost to Phillips in second round action. Solorio also lost to Simeon in the Prep Bowl playoffs.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Bogan
Sept. 1 vs Niles West
Sept. 7 @ Westinghouse
Sept. 14 @ Simeon
Sept. 21 vs Taft
Sept. 28 vs Lane Tech
Oct. 5 vs Curie
Oct. 12 @ Hubbard
Oct. 19 @ Perspectives
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Biggest storyline: Given the graduation of QB Quincy Patterson (Virginia Tech), can the Sun Warriors readjust and reload this fall?
Names to watch this season: WR/DB Messiah Travis (NIU) and WR/DB Ayinde Thompson
Biggest holes to fill: The Sun Warriors will need to find an answer for Elite 11 QB Quincy Patterson. They'll try to keep the ball rolling with first year head coach Bill Ziemba. Former head coach Matt Erlenbaugh took the Bartlett job.
EDGY's Early Take: Solorio has been on a nice roll over the past few seasons. They've been on the plus side of .500 every year of their existence (since 2012) and the last four seasons have resulted in IHSA playoff berths. Even though Patterson has moved on, the Sun Warriors still have talent on hand this fall. If they can find a few answers over the summer, including on the offensive line, they have some athletes to compete with all challengers in the Public League and beyond this season.