Trent Jensen

49 Days to Kickoff: TF South

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49 Days to Kickoff: TF South

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

School: TF South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Doug Smith, Jessie Kickertt, Jonathan Hill, Mike Tisza, Chet Hanson, Mike Anaclario, Rob Shell, Eric Valiska, Tim Russell

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference), made the Class 6A state playoffs and lost to Rock Island in opening-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ East Chicago Central

Sept. 1 – Urban Prep

Sept. 8 – TF North

Sept. 16 - @ Hillcrest

Sept. 22 - Lemont

Sept. 29 – Tinley Park

Oct. 6 - @ Bremen

Oct. 13 - Reavis

Oct. 20- @ Oak Forest

Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels continue its winning ways under Padjen?

Names to watch this season: senior OL/DL Hasan Jackson, senior RB/DB Johnt'e Crawford

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace graduated three-year starting quarterback Reis Padjen.

EDGY's early take: Former Hall of Fame head coach Tom Padjen stepped down after coaching the Rebels for 40 seasons. His brother and longtime assistant coach Bob Padjen takes over the program. If the Rebels can settle on a quarterback they have a strong core of returning starters back (five, offense, seven defense) and could make some noise this fall.