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  • Elgin has a goal — be playoff eligible Aug 22, 2014 10:15 PM
    It will be among the top storylines of the football season if Elgin realizes its goal of making the playoffs after a winless 2013 season. Second-year coach Kyle Rohde said his players would have to stay healthy, improve weekly and get some breaks to go their way, but he doesn’t rule a postseason push out of the realm of possibility.

  • Batavia poised for more big things Aug 22, 2014 2:55 PM
    Batavia’s football program is in full reload mode. Coach Dennis Piron’s Bulldogs come off the Class 6A state title, the school’s first football title. Batavia has won the last three Upstate Eight Conference River division titles unbeaten at 6-0.

  • Images: Bears vs. Seahawks preseason Aug 22, 2014 11:59 PM
    Images of the Chicago Bears vs. the Seattle Seahawks in preseason football at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Friday night.

  • Cam-do attitude evident at Antioch Aug 22, 2014 3:21 PM
    Antioch's football team was young last year, but the Sequoits still made the postseason and have high hopes for an even deeper playoff run this fall.

  • Exciting times at Wauconda Aug 22, 2014 10:22 PM
    It’s the biggest “W” in Wauconda history, and a celebration awaits. Splashed in the middle of Wauconda’s new turf field is a giant, purple “W,” which is uniquely Wauconda’s own. Unlike the school’s old “W,” the new block letter won’t be potentially confused with that of the universities of Wisconsin or Washington. The varsity football helmets sport a “moving Bulldog” logo, also uniquely Wauconda’s, and a “W 100” decal, the latter of which represents the school’s centennial.

  • Schaal era begins at Grayslake Central Aug 22, 2014 10:02 PM
    For the seniors at Grayslake Central who don’t happen to keep track, Jason Schaal is the third varsity head football coach in their four years at the school. Schaal, also the head softball coach at Grayslake Central, is ready to bring some stability to the program, which is looking to improve on last year’s 4-5 record under Ben Ault.

  • Carmel focused on getting off on right foot Aug 22, 2014 10:11 PM
    With a hard-plastic boot on his left foot, Andy Bitto traversed his Carmel Catholic football team’s stadium turf alternating between a four-wheeled scooter and 4 x 2 tractor. Call it an execution of discipline. The 51-year-old Bitto snapped his Achilles tendon while playing pickup basketball with his son on the Fourth of July. When football practice started Aug. 11, he obeyed doctor’s orders to stay off his wounded foot. Bitto also understands the importance of his football team getting started on the right foot.

  • Marmion packs plenty of firepower Aug 22, 2014 2:57 PM
    Marmion coach Dan Thorpe thinks this season’s Cadets games will be most entertaining. As the season progresses he hopes they’re less so. Thorpe is confident in an offense that should have speed, power, offensive line crunch and receiving capabilities to move the football. He believes in the potential of his special teams. But from an 8-3 squad Marmion returns one defensive starter. He hopes to mold a unit that eventually will slow opponents down.

  • Seahawks embarrass the Bears Aug 23, 2014 10:25 AM
    Friday night's third preseason game was a disaster all the way around for the Bears, who were embarrassed by the defending Super Bowl-champion Seahawks at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

  • Trestman wants to see Jeffery ‘stack years together’ Aug 23, 2014 12:55 AM
    Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has made huge strides in the past year, earning a Pro Bowl berth last season, but he still has a long way to go to catch teammate Berandon Marshall.

  • Buffalo Grove aims to measure up Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Buffalo Grove has won just four games in the last three years. But coach Mike DiMatteo says he feels the Bison can turn things around this year. “We have a chance to be pretty competitive if we stay injury-free,” DiMatteo said. “Injuries buried us last year. Last year by the second game of the season, we were playing a JV offensive line because of injuries.”

  • New era for Daniels, Christian Liberty Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    It’s the beginning of the new era for Christian Liberty football this season. The Chargers have turned the program over to first-year coach Dave Daniels, who was the offensive coordinator at Guerin Prep in River Grove the last two seasons.

  • Reloading’s the plan for Conant Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    At first glance, with just six starters returning, you’d think Conant might be looking at a rebuilding year. Not so, according to head coach Bill Modelski. “In theory that doesn’t really bode too well,” Modelski said. “But our junior class is very talented and frankly speaking, we could be as good as last year.”

  • New profile, same attitude for Elk Grove Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Elk Grove and Larry Calhoun will be exploring new territory this year. Calhoun, who is in his third year as head coach for the Grenadiers, will be finding out what life is like without Adam O’Malley, who’d even started at quarterback the year before Calhoun arrived. “It was a big loss for all of us,” said Calhoun of O’Malley’s departure. “But we have a couple of guys that we think will be pretty good in their own right.”

  • Hoffman Estates has experience on its side Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Experience and Hoffman Estates football have not been used in the same sentence for a long time. But this year, coach Mike Donatucci is seeing that factor working in favor for his Hawks.

  • High hopes for promising Palatine Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Football is thriving at Palatine. While many teams are suffering from declining participation, Palatine has 68 players on its varsity team this season, the highest number in recent memory. And with those numbers, Palatine is hoping to get back on track this year. The Pirates finished 4-5 a year ago and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

  • Intriguing developments at Rolling Meadows Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    Quarterback development has always been a huge asset for Rolling Meadows. When Tony Garoppolo was playing, Jack Milas was waiting and stepped in very well. AAfter Milas, Bobby Suchecki stepped up last year and threw for 1,952 yards. Now it is RJ Matucci’s turn.

  • Kradman, Maine W. embrace opportunity Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    It’s his first season at Maine West, but new coach Jason Kradman wants to see the Warriors compete with the best in Central Suburban North.“As a program, our goal is to take it one game at a time,” said Kradman, who coached Miami Beach (Fla.) High School to the program’s first back-to-back 7-plus win seasons.

  • Prospect hopes to come of age quickly Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    Youth will be served at Prospect this year. Prospect, which was 1-8 last year after making the playoffs the previous eight consecutive years, will count on youthful enthusiasm as it hosts Glenbrook South for the season opener on Aug. 29. The Knights will have 28 juniors and sophomores on their opening-day roster, with as many as 14 of those starting.

  • New, younger era begins for Schaumburg Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    How does a team replace nearly 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns? That is the question facing Schaumburg and coach Mark Stilling as the Saxons head into this season without last year’s all-area team football captain and athlete of the year, quarterback Stacey Smith. “The obvious answer is you don’t replace a guy like him,” Stilling said. “Stacey is one of a kind. We have to be different, and and be better in other areas.”

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