Vernon Hills

58 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

58 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

School: Vernon Hills

Head coach: Bill Bellecomo

Assistant coaches: Corey Atwell, Greg Stilling, Tim Dydo, Jason Czarnecki, Avelino Cortez, Dave Schroetter, Mike Larsen and Ryan Feeney

How they fared in 2017: 2-7 (1-4 Central Suburban North Conference). Vernon Hills failed to qualify for the state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Grayslake Central

Sept. 1 @ Waukegan

Sept. 7 vs Hersey

Sept. 14 @ Wheeling

Sept. 21 @ Highland Park

Sept. 28 vs Deerfield

Oct. 5 @ Maine West

Oct. 12 vs Maine East

Oct. 19 @ Glenbrook North

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Biggest storyline: It's all about the team bouncing back from last year's 2-7 record. Can the Cougars wipe the slate clean and get back into the IHSA state playoff field this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR/LB Mehki McCarthy and QB Derek Jarrell

Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars played a very young team last season; that said, they will still need to fill a few holes in key spots, namely on the OL and in the secondary.

EDGY's Early Take: Vernon Hills went young in 2017 one year after being the Class 5A runner-up. The Cougars will benefit from a much more experienced team in 2018. Senior QB Derek Jarrell --and his arm-- was a big part of the Vernon Hills offense in 2017. If the team can improve a bit, especially on the defensive side of the football this summer, they can challenge for the Central Suburban North title play into November.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 21 Nazareth Academy

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 21 Nazareth Academy

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. Leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25., we unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

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.

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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.

83 Days To Kickoff: Sycamore

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83 Days To Kickoff: Sycamore

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: Sycamore

Head coach: Joe Ryan

Assistant coaches: Randy Zeitler (DC/DL), Jake Countryman (DB), Curt Countryman (LB), Brian Koehne (OL), Brian Hutsler (WR), Ryan Lyle (ST)

How they fared in 2016: 8-5 (2-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference), lost to Vernon Hills in the the Class 5A semifinals.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Sterling

Sept. 1 – @ Grayslake North

Sept. 9 – vs Robeson *Gately Stadium*

Sept. 15 - vs DeKalb *NIU*

Sept. 22 - vs LaSalle-Peru

Sept. 28 – @ Kaneland

Oct. 6 - vs Yorkville

Oct. 13 - vs Morris

Oct. 20 - @ Rochelle

Biggest storyline: Can the Spartans make another deep run in Class 5A in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB/LB Peyton Weigmann, Senior OL Joey Beaudoin, Senior LB Austin Perry

Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans are in search of a quarterback this summer. 

EDGY's early take: The Spartans have remained one of the top overall programs in Class 5A/6A over the past decade-plus under Ryan. Sycamore welcomes back 10 starters (five offense, five defense) this fall, and will again challenge for a conference title and beyond.