84 days to kickoff: Deerfield

84 days to kickoff: Deerfield
June 6, 2014, 9:30 am
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CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2014 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on August 29th.

School: Deerfield

Head coach: Steve Winiecki

Assistant Coaches: Brandon Geuder, Steve Downs, Nick Rossie, Mark Januszewski

Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Warriors earn a state playoff bid this fall? The Warriors always are in the hunt, but getting a win or two out of the conference along with beating Highland Park and/or Glenbrook North in conference is key.

Name to watch: Senior DL Alec Porento (6-foot-1, 280 pounds) gives the Warriors defense a much needed inside run stopper and pass rusher.

Biggest Hole To Fill: The Warriors will need to replace it's entire starting linebacking group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: The Warriors have some key returning starters back on offense including senior QB Brian Ranallo (6-foot-1, 195 pounds). If the defense comes around, Deerfield will challenge for the Central Suburban North conference crown and a state playoff bid.