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78 Days to Kickoff: Notre Dame

78 Days to Kickoff: Notre Dame

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: Niles Notre Dame

Head coach: Michael Hennessey

Assistant coaches: Dan DeFranza, Fred Proesel, Jim Morrissey, Eric Hennessey, Pat Gallagher and Joe Pauley

How they fared in 2018: 10-3 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Notre Dame made the Class 6A state playoff field and defeated St. Ignatius, Crystal Lake South and Antioch. They lost to Cary-Grove 28-21 in the semifinal round. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Geneva
Sept. 6 vs Oak Forest
Sept. 13 vs Marist
Sept. 20 @ Benet Academy
Sept. 27 vs St. Laurence
Oct. 4 @ St. Viator
Oct. 11 @ St. Patrick
Oct. 18 vs Carmel
Oct. 25 vs Joliet Catholic

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Biggest storyline: Is there life for Notre Dame after the graduation loss of All-State running back Ty Gavin (Winona State)?

Names to watch this season: QB Anthony Sayles (Jr.), RB Julian Schurr (Sr.), LB Anthony Ranallo (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Dons will need to replace 15 graduated starters from a season ago. That includes replacing all five starting offensive linemen. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's no question that the Dons will have several questions to answer this summer; however, Notre Dame has an exciting playmaker under center in junior QB Anthony Sayles. He has enough firepower to compete with all challengers in 2019. This will be Michael Hennessey's 33rd season at the helm of the program. If this program can reload, especially up front on both sides of the line, look for them to challenge for a state playoff spot this fall. 
 

44 Days to Kickoff: Notre Dame

44 Days to Kickoff: Notre Dame

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: Notre Dame

Head coach: Mike Hennessey

Assistant coaches: Dan DeFranza, Fred Proesel, Jim Morrissey, Eric Hennessey, Joe Pauley, Pat Gallagher, Drew Holden and Dan Fitzpatrick

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Notre Dame made the Class 8A state playoff field and lost to Minooka in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Geneva

Aug. 31 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 7 vs Marist

Sept. 14 @ Benet Academy

Sept. 21 vs Marian Central Catholic

Sept. 28 vs St. Viator

Oct. 6 @ St. Patrick

Oct. 12 @ Carmel

Oct. 19 vs Joliet Catholic

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Biggest storyline: After a tough loss to Minooka in last year's playoff opening round, can the Dons get back into the IHSA state playoff field and make some noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Ty Gavin and OL Patrick Banich

Biggest holes to fill: The Dons will need to find answers at several spots this summer, needing to replace 15 graduated starters from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: It's finally the senior campaign for Notre Dame's All-Area and All-State running back Ty Gavin. He will be asked to help carry the offensive load --especially early in the season-- while the the Dons break in new faces at quarterback and wide receiver. The Dons will also look to replace some key starters lost to graduation on defense, especially up front on the defensive line. Senior Mike Tobias is the lone starter back in the fold.