35 days to kickoff: Crystal Lake South

35 days to kickoff: Crystal Lake South
July 25, 2014, 10:15 am
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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: Crystal Lake South

Head coach: Chuck Ahsmann

Assistant Coaches: Rob Fontana Scott Busam Bill Altmann

Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Gators win the close games in 2014? South lost four of it's five games in 2013 by a touchdown or less and missed the state playoff field for the first time since 2000.

Name to watch: Crystal Lake South always plays tough defense and watch out for senior DB Joey Ahsmann (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) along with senior DL Josh Andrae (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) this fall.

Biggest Hole To Fill: Surviving the regular season schedule. The Gators kickoff the season at Marian Central Catholic and finishing the regular season against Huntley, Jacobs and Cary-Grove.

EDGY's Early Take: The Gators had a rare IHSA state playoffs off in 2013 and I don't expect that to happen in 2014. No question the Fox Valley (Valley) is loaded again yet this team has enough in the tank to battle all comers in 2014.