58 Days to Kickoff: York


NBCSportsChicago.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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: York

Head coach: Mike Fitzgerald

How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (3-3 West Suburban Silver Conference). York failed to qualify for the 2018 IHSA state football playoffs.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Schaumburg

Sept. 6 vs Downers Grove South

Sept. 13 @ Downers Grove North

Sept. 20 vs Lyons

Sept. 28 @ Glenbard West

Oct. 4 vs Hinsdale Central

Oct. 11 @ Willowbrook

Oct. 18 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Oct. 25 @ Proviso West

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Biggest storyline: The Dukes had a three-game improvement from 2017-2018. Can the Dukes continue to take positive steps forward and make the 2019 IHSA state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: Josh Mathiasen (Sr.) and OL Jack Wall (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Dukes will need to replace some key names from a season ago including 2019 graduate QB Danny Dunn. He was a big part of the York offense.

EDGY's Early Take: Despite missing the state playoffs last season, second-year head coach Mike Fitzgerald was able to get the Dukes program playing at a high level. The overall energy and numbers remain a positive heading into August. If York can reload a bit in a few key spots they could challenge for a state playoff bid. They have talent and depth. Getting off to a strong start will be paramount for the Dukes' chances this season.

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