93 days to kickoff: Crystal Lake Central

93 days to kickoff: Crystal Lake Central
May 28, 2014, 10:00 am
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Edgy Tim

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 29.

School: Crystal Lake Central

Head coach: Matt Fralick

Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Tigers make a deep run? They have been rock solid in the Fox Valley (fox) Conference, and with 10 returning starters this could be another banner season for Crystal Lake Central.

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Name to watch: Senior running back Ryan Williams registered 1,100 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns in 2013. He will be a key weapon once again for the Tigers.

Biggest hole To fill: Quarterback. Graduated signal-caller Kyle Lavand passed for nearly 2,400 yards and totaled 21 touchdowns last year, and was a huge part of the offensive production for Crystal Lake Central.

EDGY's early take: Crystal Lake Central has simply been a consistent winner and I don't see that changing in 2014. If the Tigers can settle in on a quarterback, they have a real shot at making some state playoff noise. A strong running game and defense will be relied upon early as the play-action passing game develops.