97 days to kickoff: Joliet West

97 days to kickoff: Joliet West
May 24, 2014, 1:15 pm
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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: Joliet West

Head coach: Jason Aubry

Assistant coaches: Mark Peterson, Jack Rustman, Kevin Kusnik, Chris Curry, Patrick Lauer, Terry Houchens, Luke Stenberg, Harry Hessling, Josh Padilla, Nate Fonck, Seandell Davis, Ken Poort, Pete Nackovic and Dan Tito.

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Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Tigers get over the hump and into contention for a state playoff spot? Joliet West, along with Joliet Central have yet to make the state playoff field since separating from the combined Joliet Township sports program in 2010. Playing in the rugged Southwest Suburban Blue, along the likes of state powers Lincoln-Way East, Bolingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor, hasn't made the path to the state playoffs any easier.

Name to watch: Senior offensive tackle Scott Blankenship (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) leads a Tigers offensive line that returns all five starters from a season ago.

Biggest hole to fill: Defensive secondary.

EDGY's early take: Joliet West could get off to a potentially strong start, but four straight conference games against Homewood-Flossmoor, Sandburg, Bolingbrook and Lincoln Way East will tell us a lot about the Tigers this fall. Survive that four-game run and they could challenge for a state playoff spot.