No. 16 Nazareth Academy
2013 record: 8-3 (4-2); tied for second in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Lost to Sycamore, 33-28, in the second-round of the Class 5A IHSA playoffs.
Why did the Road Runners make the CSN Preps Power Rankings? Overall talent level and experience. Head coach Tim Racki has his most talented and experienced team during his tenure at Nazareth Academy.
Areas of concern? The biggest issue last season was their passing game. Can Nazareth Academy find a consistent play-action passing attack this fall?
It will be a good season if: the Road Runners can live up to the hype and extremely high expectations heading into the season.
Headliners? Senior offensive tackle Jack Shutack headlines a deep and talented offensive line. Shutack has several scholarship offers and is primed for more high level D1 looks early this fall.
Biggest game? Oct. 11 hosting Joliet Catholic. The Road Runners lost 42-0 to the Hilltoppers last season. Look for Nazareth Academy to be highly focused heading into this potential ESCC title game.
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