96 Days till Kickoff: Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings

96 Days till Kickoff: Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
May 25, 2014, 10:45 am
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 29th.

School: Homewood-Floosmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Alex Pratt, Albert Evans, Jeromy Flowers, Matt Ramos, Romison St. Louis, Larry Dawson, Valentine Manada, Josh Lindstrom, Tim Laba, Chris Maniatis, Dave Klawitter

Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Vikings get over the hump and win in close games? Last season H-F lost just two games in 2013 — both heart breakers against Bolingbrook (31-24) and in the state playoffs to eventual Class 8A state champion Naperville Central (24-21). H-F has been knocked out of the state playoffs the past two seasons by a combined five points.

Name to watch: Junior offensive linemen Desmond Bland (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) is already drawing several top college recruiting looks this spring.

Biggest hole to fill: Offensive line.

EDGY's early take: One of these days sooner rather than later,  Buzea will bring home a Class 8A state title. H-F will need to reload on the offensive line, yet the Vikings have plenty of weapons — numbers and depth to make yet another serious run in the Southwest Suburban Blue and beyond in 2014.