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School: Vernon Hills
Head coach: Bill Bellecomo
Assistant coaches: Corey Atwell, Greg Stilling, Tim Dydo, Jason Czarnecki, Avelino Cortez, Brian Palmer, Mike Larsen, Dave Schroetter
How they fared in 2016: 10-4 (3-2 Central Suburban North), lost to Peoria in the IHSA Class 5A state title game.
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2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – Grayslake North
Sept. 1 – @ Zion-Benton
Sept. 8 – Rolling Meadows
Sept. 15 - @ Hoffman Estates
Sept. 22 - Highland Park
Sept. 28 – @ Deerfield
Oct. 6 - Maine West
Oct. 13 - @ Maine East
Oct. 20 - Glenbrook North
Biggest storyline: Can the Cougars make another deep run in Class 5A?
Names to watch this season: Senior WR/DB Max Lyle, senior OL/DL Danny Lester and senior LB Kyle Fasbinder
Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars will need to reload in particular on the offensive side of the football with just three starters back from a season ago.
EDGY's early take: The Cougars had a great run in 2016 and while several key starters have graduated, Vernon Hills still has some gas left in the tank. Getting off to a strong early start could be a big key in 2017 as the Cougars schedule is tough especially early on in 2017.