2013 record: 11-3 (4-3); finished fourth in the DuPage Valley conference. Defeated Loyola, 13-10, to win the Class 8A state title.
Why did the Redhawks make the CSN Preps Power Rankings? Naperville Central has enough key players returning from last year's team to be strong again this fall.
Areas of concern? The Redhawks have five new starters on the offensive line.
It will be a good season if: the offense can find an identity.
Headliners? Senior wide receiver/defensive back Michael Kolzow (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) will be asked to provide leadership, and could play on either side of the ball. Kolzow is verbally committed to Illinois State.
Biggest game? Naperville Central will travel to Wheaton Warrenville South on Sept 19. The Redhawks also host the Tigers on Oct. 24 as part of the DuPage Valley schedule imbalance from the departure of both West Aurora and Glenbard East to the Upstate Eight (Valley) conference this year.
CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2014 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran spotlights one team per day in the CSN Preps Power Rankings, counting down to kickoff on August 29th.