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For the regular season football finale, it's all about "Bubble Week." We're featuring games with teams who are fighting to reach the playoffs. For some, a win means a playoff berth. Which game deserves our coverage Friday night? Sandwich is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win gets them in. Same goes for St. Laurence. Can they win on the road at De La Salle? And how about the Leo-Marian Catholic game? The winner not only clinches a playoff berth but a conference championship.
Sandwich (4-4) at Morris (6-2), 7:00 p.m.
Leo (3-5) at Marian Catholic (4-4), 7:30 p.m.
St. Laurence (4-4) at De La Salle (3-5), 7:30 p.m.
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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.
Head coach: Adam Nissen
Assistant coaches: Scott Johnson, Dominic Riccordino, Anthony Rispoli, Jermaine Hampton and Steve Nye
How they fared in 2018: 4-7 (2-2 CCL Green Conference). St. Laurence failed to qualify for the 2018 IHSA state football playoff field.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Hyde Park
Sept. 6 @ Eisenhower
Sept. 13 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 20 vs. Nazareth Academy
Sept. 27 vs DePaul Prep
Oct. 4 vs Benet Academy
Oct. 11 @ Brother Rice
Oct. 18 @ Providence Catholic
Oct. 25 @ De La Salle
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Biggest storyline: Their new head coach. Adam Nissen was the athletic director at I.C. Catholic Prep and helped guide the Knights to three consecutive state titles. He now takes the reins of a Vikings program looking to get back to the playoffs.
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Myron Lewis (Sr.) and RB Nate Thomas (Jr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings played a ton of underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 14 returning starters (five offense, nine defense). They will need replace four graduated starting offensive linemen from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: The Vikings missed the IHSA state playoffs last year, but it was a team that played and developed several underclassmen. They will bring a ton of experience to the field come August. If the Vikings can get their newer offensive line to gel this summer, they have the potential to be a very tough out in 2019.
There will be a new coach patrolling the sidelines in Burbank.
St. Laurence High School announced Tuesday that they have hired Immaculate Conception athletic director Adam Nissen as their new varsity football head coach. Nissen takes over for Harold Blackmon, who was relieved of his duties back on Apr. 1.
"I'm grateful to have this opportunity to lead the St. Laurence football program,” said Coach Nissen. “I want to thank President Joe Martinez, Principal Jim Muting, Athletic Director Tim Chandler and the interview committee for trusting me to lead such a prestigious program into the future. I’m excited to meet the players, parents, faculty and the rest of the St. Laurence football community and hit the ground running.”
Nissen is from nearby Evergreen Park and brings a unique background that combines excellence in academics and athletics to the football program. At IC Catholic Prep, he oversaw all athletic programs – including a football program that won two IHSA State Championships during his tenure. Prior to his time at ICCP, Nissen was an assistant football coach at Mount Carmel High School from 2014-2017, where the team qualified for the state playoffs every season. He was also the assistant head football coach at Urban Prep Academy for Young Men and Roberto Clemente High School from 2009-2014 and 2007-2008, respectively.
Nissen emerged as the top choice for the position after an exhaustive interview process with several highly qualified candidates. Among members of the interview committee were 11-year NFL veteran Tim Grunhard, St. Laurence Board Member and former Northwestern football player Jake Gregus ’09 and Illinois high school football coaching legend Frank Lenti, who currently serves as a special advisor to the St. Laurence football program. Athletic, academic and administrative leaders in the school were also part of the committee.
The Vikings will look to bounce back after a 4-7 campaign last season. That said, the program has been on an upswing recently. St. Laurence made four straight IHSA playoff appearances from 2014-17, including a 5A state semifinal berth in 2015 and a trip to the 6A semis in 2016.