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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 10 Palatine

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 10 Palatine

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: Palatine

Head coach: Corey Olson

How they fared in 2016: 12-1 (5-0 Mid Suburban West Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Notre Dame, Lyons Township and St. Charles East before losing to Maine South in the semifinal round

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Stevenson

Sept. 1 at Wheeling

Sept. 8 at Evanston

Sept. 15 vs. Maine South

Sept. 22 at Schaumburg

Sept. 28 vs. Barrington

Oct. 6 at Fremd

Oct. 13 vs. Conant

Oct. 20 vs. Hoffman Estates

Biggest storyline: Can the Pirates win big again in 2017?

Names to watch: Senior linebacker Cortez Hogans, senior wide receiver Johnny O'Shea, senior defensive end Bryant Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Pirates need to replace a handful of top names from last season, including graduated quarterback Zach Oles.

EDGY's Early Take: Palatine has a new head coach this season in former Palatine assistant coach Corey Olson takes over from Rick Splitt, who stepped down from the position last winter. Palatine  had a terrific run last season and return several key performers this fall on both sides of the football. While any transition to a new coach can potentially have some issues, this is a veteran staff with a team loaded with varsity experience that will make the new adjustment work this fall.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 11 Lyons Township

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 11 Lyons Township

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: Lyons Township

Head Coach: Kurt Weinberg

Assistant Coaches: Bryan Bergman, Jon Beutjer, Mike Morrison, Tim McAlpin, Jason Brauer, Shedlon Harris, Kevin Diete

How they fared in 2016: 8-3 (4-2 West Suburban Silver Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Naperville North then lost to Palatine in second round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Sandburg

September 1st vs Hinsdale South

September 8th @ York

September 15th vs Proviso West

September 22nd @ Leyden

September 30th vs Glenbard West

October 6th @ Downers Grove North

October 13th @ Hinsdale Central

October 20th vs Oak Park-River Forest

Biggest storyline: Are the Lions ready to make a long run this coming season?

Names to watch this season:  Senior QB Ben Bryant, senior OL Kevin Skonning, senior DE Andrew Ezell

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload in the defensive back seven this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Lyons Township has a lot to offer this coming season, starting with it's senior QB Ben Bryant (Cincinnati) along with the Lions entire starting offensive line  from a season ago. The defense also has some play makers on the defensive line in senior DT Mickey Brown and senior DE Andrew Ezell. If Lyons Township can fill in some important openings at the linebacker and defensive backfield this could be a team that can make a deep run this season.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central

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

School: Naperville Central

Head Coach: Mike Stine

Assistant Coaches: Mike Ulreich (Assistant Head Coach Defense/Defensive Coordinator), Eric Novak (D-Line), Tim Boecker (Defensive Backs), Marc Anderson (Defensive Backs), Josh McLeod (Linebackers/Rush Ends), Pat Watson (Assistant Head Coach Offense/Offensive Line), Chad Bradley (Quarterbacks), Adam Freed (Running Backs), Phil Allen (Tight Ends/Fullbacks),, Cris Crissey (Wide Receivers), Kofi Hughes (Wide Receivers)

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

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2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25 @ Glenbard North

September 1 vs. Neuqua Valley

September 8 vs. Metea Valley

September 15 @ Waubonsie Valley

September 22 vs. Wheaton South

September 30 vs. St. Edward Ohio

October 6 vs Naperville North at NCC

October 13 vs. Wheaton North

October 20 @ Lake Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks potentially explosive offense help out a younger defense in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB AJ Deinhart, junior OL Luke Hallstrom

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will feature just two returning starters on defense this fall in senior DL Lavar Arichibald and senior DB Braden Lindmark.

EDGY's Early Take: Naperville Central's offense was able to add a huge spark when former Metea Valley junior QB Payton Thorne and senior WR/DB Jayden Reed (Western Michigan) transferred into Naperville Central this past spring. The schedule is always rough in the DuPage Valley, including a Week 1 opener against Glenbard North, yet this Redhawks team has a ton of potential and longer term upside in 2017.