38 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

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38 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

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: Shepard

Head coach: Dom Passolano

Assistant Coaches: AJ Porter, Kris Korhonen, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire, Gary Korhonen, Brad Sievers, Mike Murphy, Clint Connelly, Brenden Meany, Rich Murphy, Joe Krawisz, Jnaye Bridgeforth, Ray Farris

How they fared in 2016: 7-4 (4-2 South Suburban Red Conference), made the 2016 Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Morgan Park then lost to Rock Island in second round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs CICS Ellison

Sept. 1 – vs Fenton

Sept. 8 – vs Oak Lawn Richards

Sept. 15- @ Reavis

Sept. 22 - @ Evergreen Park

Sept. 29 – vs Oak Lawn

Oct. 6 - @ Hillcrest

Oct. 14 - @ Eisenhower

Oct. 20- vs Argo

Biggest storyline: Can the Astros win the South Suburban red and make another run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season:  Junior WR Rishard Blake, Senior WR Nieko Carter 

Biggest holes to fill: Who will play quarterback for the Astros this fall?

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard and head coach Dom Passolano posted a strong 2016 campaign after a few years missing out on the state playoffs. The Astros welcome back 13 starters (7 offense 6 defense) along with a deep and very talented junior class. Look for Shepard to again challenge for the top of the South Suburban Red conference and beyond in 2017.

39 Days to Kickoff: Hersey

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39 Days to Kickoff: Hersey

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: Hersey

Head coach: Joe Pardun

Assistant Coaches: Mike Donatucci, Pat Schmiederer, Dave Dunbar, Mark Pearson, Chris Riley, Tom Nelson, Jason Adcock, Steve Kuehn, Mark Vukadinovik

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-3 Mid Suburban East Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs Zion-Benton

Sept. 1 – @ Hoffman Estates

Sept. 8 – @ Highland Park

Sept. 15- vs Niles West

Sept. 22 - @ Elk Grove

Sept. 29 – vs Wheeling

Oct. 6 - vs Buffalo Grove

Oct. 14 - @ Rolling Meadows

Oct. 20- vs Prospect

Biggest storyline: Can the Huskies bounce back, contend for the MSL East title and get into the IHSA state playoff field?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB Owen Goldsberry, Junior RB/LB Nick Wiley

Biggest holes to fill: Who will play on the defensive line for Hersey in 2017? The Huskies will feature all brand new faces there this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Hersey is looking to bounce back from its 3-6 season last fall. The Huskies have one of the top all-around players to watch in the Mid Suburban Conference in senior QB/ATH Owen Goldsberry. If the Huskies can get a solid contribution from a strong underclassmen group, this team could be a nice sleeper pick this fall. 

40 Days to Kickoff: Highland Park

40 Days to Kickoff: Highland Park

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 @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Highland Park

Head coach: Joe Horeni

Assistant Coaches: Jason Newberger, Tony Monken, Randy Hoffman, Jimmy Knotek, Anthony Kopp, Ryan Kaltenmark , Don McCord, Bob McCraren, Owen Kugler, Davy Lindquist

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference), made the 2016 Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Plainfield North in opening round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs Libertyville

Sept. 1 – @ Lakes

Sept. 8 – vs Hersey

Sept. 15- @ Prospect

Sept. 22 - @ Vernon Hills

Sept. 29 – vs Glenbrook North

Oct. 6 - vs Deerfield

Oct. 14 - vs Maine West

Oct. 20- @ Maine East

Biggest storyline: Can the Giants go back-to-back state playoff appearances and also advance deeper in 7A?

Names to watch this season:  Junior OL/RB/LB Tom Motzko and Senior QB John Sakos

Biggest holes to fill: While the Giants have a good number of returning starters back (6 offense 7 defense), can they develop much needed depth from the remaining roster?

EDGY's Early Take: Highland Park had a solid season in 2016 including an impressive Week 9 win over Class 5A state finalist Vernon Hills before running into a buzzsaw at Plainfield North (Class 7A state finalist) in the IHSA Class 7A state playoffs. I look for the Giants to again challenge for the CSL North conference crown and to make more noise in Class 7A this coming season.