Rolling Meadows

85 Days to Kickoff: Rolling Meadows

85 Days to Kickoff: Rolling Meadows

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: Rolling Meadows

Head coach: Matt Mishler

Assistant coaches:  Scott Otahal, Jim Rucks, Jeremy Harkin, Bob Meyer, Frank Haralambakis, Luke Baker and Sean Radcliff

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-2 Mid Suburban East Conference). Rolling Meadows made the 7A state playoffs and lost to Hersey in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Glenbrook South

Aug. 31 @ Palatine

Sept. 7 @ Highland Park

Sept. 14 vs Niles North

Sept. 21 vs Elk Grove

Sept. 28 vs Prospect

Oct. 5 @ Wheeling

Oct. 12 vs Hersey

Oct. 19 @ Buffalo Grove

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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs get back to the state playoffs and make a deeper run in 2018?

Names to watch this season: QB Arek Kleniuk and LB Max Salhani

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will need to reload in a few spots this summer, especially on the defensive line and in the secondary. 

EDGY's Early Take: Rolling Meadows made the playoffs for the seventh straight season last year under head coach Matt Mishler. They will welcome back 10 starters (six offense, four defense) come August. Once again, the Mustangs will be a big factor in the Mid-Suburban East race and beyond. They have some pieces in place to make a deeper run in the post-season. 

97 Days to Kickoff: Thornwood

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97 Days to Kickoff: Thornwood

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

School: Thornwood

Head coach: Kenneth Smith

Assistant coaches: Jim Sokoloski, Thomas Carr, Terrence Henderson, George Walker, Bryan Fomby, Deoplus Williams, Kourtney Young, Vince Kasley, Cederick Cole, Martell Frazier

How they fared in 2016: 5-5 (2-4 Southwest Suburban Conference) The Thunderbirds made the Class 7A playoffs and lost to Rolling Meadows in opening-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

8/25 - @ Rich Central

9/1 - vs. Rock Island

9/8 - vs. Lincoln-Way Central

9/15 - @ Stagg

9/22 - @ Neuqua Valley

9/29 - vs. Thornton

10/16 - vs. Andrew

10/23 - @ Lincoln-Way East

10/20 - @ Thornridge

Biggest storyline: Can the Thunderbirds make it back-to-back state playoff appearances?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB Peerless Jackson, Senior LB/DE Dillon Watson, Junior DE Ogochukwu Nosike

Biggest holes to fill: The Thunderbirds will need to replace its entire starting offensive line from 2016.

EDGY's early take: Smith takes over one of the south suburbs’ biggest sleeping giant football programs. Thornwood has a building full of capable and very talented athletes. If Smith can get this team to buy into his program, they could surprise people once again this season.