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98 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

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98 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

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: St. Charles East

Head coach: Bryce Farquhar

Assistant Coaches: Tim Wolf, Jon Kittl, Olijuwon Davis, Nolan Possley, Pat Schiller, Brian Teresinski, Gabe Nyenhuis, Mike Budziniski, Greg Bess, Len Asquini and Chris Goryl

How they fared in 2016: 11-1 (6-0 Upstate 8 River), lost to Palatine in the 8A state quarterfinal.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – Rock Island

Sept. 1 – @ Glenbard East

Sept. 8 – @ Geneva

Sept. 15 - vs St. Charles North

Sept. 22 - @ Batavia

Sept. 29 – @ Bartlett

Oct. 6 - Larkin

Oct. 13 - Elgin

Oct. 20 - @ Streamwood

Biggest storyline: Can the Saints make another deep run in Class 8A?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB/DB Clayton Isbell, Senior RB/LB Nick Garlisch and Junior FB/LB Justin Jett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will need to reload up front, as junior Justin Hill (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) is the lone returning starter on the offensive line.

EDGY's Early Take: The Saints posted an impressive season in 2016. And sure, they will need to reload a bit, but the overall core is still very strong for the 2017 season. If the Saints can build up on the offensive and defensive lines, they could win the Upstate 8 River and make a strong run in Class 8A again this season.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 3 Loyola

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 3 Loyola

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: Loyola Academy

Head Coach: John Holocek

Assistant Coaches: Beau Desherow, Tim Feldheim, Pete Devine, Mike Dooley, Tyler Vradenburg, Mike Kotowski, Pat Naughton, Ryan Gallagher

How they fared in 2016: 13-1 (4-0 Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated O'Fallon, Oswego East, Huntley and Glenbard West before losing to Maine South in the Class 8A state title game.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 26th vs Phillips at Gately Stadium

September 1st vs Bishop Amat at New Trier

September 9th vs Mount Carmel

September 15th @ St. Francis

September 23rd vs Fenwick

September 29th @ St. Rita

October 7th vs Leo

October 13th @ Providence Catholic

October 21st vs Brother Rice

Biggest storyline: Can the Ramblers replace 16 graduated starters and not skip a beat in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OL Charlie Gross (Fordham) Senior DL Marty Geary Senior RB Hamid Bullie

Biggest holes to fill: The Ramblers will need to replace 9 starters on offense.

EDGY's Early Take: If any program in the State of Illinois has proven that they can reload year in and year out, it's the Ramblers under head coach John Holocek. Loyola will no question have challenges starting Week 1 against Phillips, yet the program remains strong at all levels. Keep an eye on several new faces including QB Quinn Boyle along with WR Noah Jones and TE Charlie Gilroy.

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @CSNPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at csnchicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week we spotlight some Indiana vs. Illinois border wars:

(All times Central)

Gavit at Bloom, 6 p.m.  

Lake Central at Lincoln-Way Central, 7 p.m.

Michigan City at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7 p.m.

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @CSNPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @CSNPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

[MORE: High School Lites podcast, episode 1]

We will make an announcement on @CSNPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @CSNPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.