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School: Nazareth Academy
Head coach: Tim Racki
Assistant coaches: Casey Moran, Joe Reynolds, Rudy luna, Brody Budmayr, Jeff Tumpane, Joe Battaglia, Steve Gray, Tom Minogue, Larry White, Jonathon Bittle, Joe Felice
How they fared in 2016: 6-5 (3-4 East Suburban Catholic Conference), made the Class 5A state playoff field, defeated Goode STEM Academy then lost to Vernon Hills in second-round action.
2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 vs. Dunbar
Sept. 1 vs. De La Salle
Sept. 8 vs. Notre Dame
Sept. 15 @ Carmel
Sept. 22 vs. Benet Academy
Sept. 29 vs. Joliet Catholic
Oct. 6 @ Marist
Oct. 13 vs. St. Viator
Oct. 20 @ Marian Catholic
Biggest storyline: Can the young but talented Roadrunners win a state title in 2017?
Names to watch this season: senior OL/DL Isaiah Lee, senior LB Wesley Lones
Biggest holes to fill: The Roadrunners bring back a ton of experience on both sides of the football but they need to develop some depth on both sides of the ball.
EDGY's Early Take: Under Racki, Nazareth Academy will be one of Chicagoland's most talented and loaded teams this fall. If the talent level can come together and play on the same page, the Roadrunners have a great chance at making a deep IHSA state playoff run in 2017.