26 Days to Kickoff: St. Rita

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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: St. Rita

Head coach: Todd Kuska

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How they fared in 2018: 7-6 (0-4 Chicago Catholic Blue Conference). St. Rita failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field. The Mustangs then entered the Prep Bowl playoffs and defeated Marmion Academy, Hope Academy and De La Salle. The Mustangs advanced to the Chicago Prep Bowl and defeated Taft.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Joliet Catholic
Sept. 6 @ Richards
Sept. 13 @ Loyola Academy 
Sept. 20 @ Montini Catholic
Sept. 27 vs Marian Central Catholic
Oct. 4 @ Providence Catholic
Oct. 11 vs Marian Catholic
Oct. 18 vs Benet Academy
Oct. 25 vs Niles Notre Dame

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Biggest storyline: The Mustangs are a young, up-and-coming team again. And they're coming off a Prep Bowl title. Can they survive a rugged first half of the regular season schedule?

Names to watch this season: OL Trevor Tovey (Sr.), WR Henry Wilson Jr. (Jr.) and ATH Kaleb Brown (Sophomore)

Biggest holes to fill: Who wins the quarterback battle? And can the Mustangs replace several graduated starters from last season's defensive unit? 

EDGY's Early Take: A rough schedule along with various injuries derailed the early portion of the St Rita season in 2018; however, the Mustangs caught a second wind in the Prep Bowl playoffs and finished strong.  The Mustangs have talent –particularly young talent- back this season. But again being able to survive and win a few games in August/September will be critical for St. Rita. If the Mustangs can find a way to a winning record come October 25, they might be as battle-tested as any team in the Land of Lincoln after nine weeks of regular season football. 

26 Days to Kickoff: St. Rita originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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