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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 11 Lyons Township

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 11 Lyons Township

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Lyons Township

Head Coach: Kurt Weinberg

Assistant Coaches: Bryan Bergman, Jon Beutjer, Mike Morrison, Tim McAlpin, Jason Brauer, Shedlon Harris, Kevin Diete

How they fared in 2016: 8-3 (4-2 West Suburban Silver Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Naperville North then lost to Palatine in second round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Sandburg

September 1st vs Hinsdale South

September 8th @ York

September 15th vs Proviso West

September 22nd @ Leyden

September 30th vs Glenbard West

October 6th @ Downers Grove North

October 13th @ Hinsdale Central

October 20th vs Oak Park-River Forest

Biggest storyline: Are the Lions ready to make a long run this coming season?

Names to watch this season:  Senior QB Ben Bryant, senior OL Kevin Skonning, senior DE Andrew Ezell

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload in the defensive back seven this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Lyons Township has a lot to offer this coming season, starting with it's senior QB Ben Bryant (Cincinnati) along with the Lions entire starting offensive line  from a season ago. The defense also has some play makers on the defensive line in senior DT Mickey Brown and senior DE Andrew Ezell. If Lyons Township can fill in some important openings at the linebacker and defensive backfield this could be a team that can make a deep run this season.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we unveiled the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Naperville Central

Head Coach: Mike Stine

Assistant Coaches: Mike Ulreich (Assistant Head Coach Defense/Defensive Coordinator), Eric Novak (D-Line), Tim Boecker (Defensive Backs), Marc Anderson (Defensive Backs), Josh McLeod (Linebackers/Rush Ends), Pat Watson (Assistant Head Coach Offense/Offensive Line), Chad Bradley (Quarterbacks), Adam Freed (Running Backs), Phil Allen (Tight Ends/Fullbacks),, Cris Crissey (Wide Receivers), Kofi Hughes (Wide Receivers)

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 13 Phillips]

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25 @ Glenbard North

September 1 vs. Neuqua Valley

September 8 vs. Metea Valley

September 15 @ Waubonsie Valley

September 22 vs. Wheaton South

September 30 vs. St. Edward Ohio

October 6 vs Naperville North at NCC

October 13 vs. Wheaton North

October 20 @ Lake Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks potentially explosive offense help out a younger defense in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB AJ Deinhart, junior OL Luke Hallstrom

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will feature just two returning starters on defense this fall in senior DL Lavar Arichibald and senior DB Braden Lindmark.

EDGY's Early Take: Naperville Central's offense was able to add a huge spark when former Metea Valley junior QB Payton Thorne and senior WR/DB Jayden Reed (Western Michigan) transferred into Naperville Central this past spring. The schedule is always rough in the DuPage Valley, including a Week 1 opener against Glenbard North, yet this Redhawks team has a ton of potential and longer term upside in 2017. 

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Phillips

Head coach: Troy McAllister

How they fared in 2016: 11-2 (5-0 CPL Illini Land of Lincoln Conference), made the Class 4A state playoff field, beat Kewanee, Aurora Central Catholic and Herscher before losing to Johnsburg in the semifinal round.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 14 Mount Carmel]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 26 vs. Loyola Academy

Sept. 1 @ Richards

Sept. 9 vs. Simeon *Gately*

Sept. 17 @ Westinghouse

Sept. 22 vs. Vocational *Mandrake*

Sept. 29 vs. South Shore *Mandrake*

Oct. 6 vs. Raby *Mandrake*

Oct. 13 @ Solorio

Oct. 20 CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: How well can Phillips fare in the regular season and then potentially in Class 3A this year?

Names to watch this season: senior QB J'Bore Gibbs (South Dakota State), senior RB/LB Craig Elmore

Biggest holes to fill: Phillips has experience back all over the field, but the Wildcats will need to replace three graduated starters on the offensive line.

EDGY's early take: The Wildcats just seem to find a way to reload year in and year out and will once again be one of the top teams in the Chicago Public League this season. Class 3A? According to the preseason projections (final classes aren't determined until Playoff Pairings Night), the Wildcats appear to be headed towards Class 3A after being a power in Class 4A over the past four seasons. Keep an eye on the early schedule for the Wildcats which is loaded and includes 8A power Loyola, 6A power Richards and a Week 3 showdown with Simeon.