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: Lincoln-Way Central
Head coach: Hud Venerable
Assistant coaches: Terry McCombs, Joe Boseo, Jason DeWolf, John Karales, Joe Regan, Matt Robbins, Kevin Diete, Brian Holba, Mike Piechocinski, Steve Cerovac, Pete Alfano, Mike McGrath and Matt McMahon.
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Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Knights get over the hump? Over the past two seasons, Lincoln-Way Central has been within a few plays from becoming a state playoff team.
Name to watch: Junior offensive guard Bryan Ditchman (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) is an inside mauler on the Knights line. He is also on the wrestling team.
Biggest hole To fill: Lincoln-Way Central will need to find answers in the secondary. Senior Justin Markus (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is the only returning starter in the secondary.
EDGY's early take: The Knights have been close to breaking into the IHSA state playoffs during the last two seasons. Venerable has a good, hard-working group. Look for Central to challenge for a Southwest Suburban Red Conference crown along with a state playoff spot.