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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.
School: St. Edward
Head coach: Mike Rolando
Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Marc Rusinko and Zack McQueen
How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red Conference). St. Edward made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Urban Prep-Bronzeville in opening round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Bremen
Sept. 6 vs Wheaton Academy
Sept. 13 vs Christ the King
Sept. 20 @ Elmwood Park
Sept. 27 vs Guerin Prep
Oct. 4 vs Chicago Christian
Oct. 11 @ IC Catholic Prep
Oct. 18 @ Westmont
Oct. 25 @ Ridgewood
[MORE: 69 Days to Kickoff - Bremen]
Biggest storyline: Coach Rolando said the Green Wave may have "snuck up on some people" en route to an undefeated conference schedule last year. This year, they'll be the target. Can the Green Wave match last year's efforts and make a deep run in the 2019 postseason?
Names to watch this season: QB Anthony Holte (Sr.) and LB Luke Breier (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Green Wave played a ton of underclassmen last season and welcome back 18 returning starters (nine offense, nine defense), but overall numbers and depth can always be improved.
EDGY's Early Take: St. Edward and head coach Mike Rolando won last season despite having just 12 upperclassmen on the roster, and another year of experience will only raise the bar come August. The Green Wave will have some challenges on the schedule this fall, including playing 4A state champion IC Prep on Oct. 11. But I also see St. Edward as the team to beat in the Metro Suburban Red.
Who wants it more?
We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, we are spotlighting 2A, 3A and 4A teams in Chicagoland. We'll send our cameras to one of the following:
Herscher at Wilmington, 7:00 p.m.
Reed-Custer vs. Lisle at Benedictine University, 7:00 p.m.
St. Edward at Chicago Christian, 7:15 p.m.
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— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
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We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.
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: St. Edward
Head coach: Mike Rolando
Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Zack McQueen and Andrew Yarwood
How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). St. Edward failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs. Tinley Park
Aug. 31 @ Wheaton Academy
Sept 7 @ Hope Academy
Sept. 14 vs. Elmwood Park
Sept. 22 @ Guerin Prep
Sept. 28 @ Chicago Christian
Oct. 5 vs. IC Catholic Prep
Oct. 12 vs. Fenton
Oct. 19 vs. Ridgewood
Biggest storyline: Can the Green Wave reload and replace several multi-year starters lost to graduation this spring?
Names to watch this season: RB/LB Nick Wright and WR/DB Sidney Muhammed
Biggest holes to fill: The Green Wave will need to replace several graduated starters including standout QB Dylan Mlinarich.
EDGY's Early Take: The Green Wave just missed out on the 2017 state playoff because of low playoff points and will need to reload for this coming season with just two starters back on both sides of the football. Look for St. Edward to get the football into the hands of RB Nick Wright quite a bit this fall while WR Sidney Muhammed will also be another experienced playmaker this fall.