89 Days to Kickoff: Woodstock North

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89 Days to Kickoff: Woodstock North originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

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: Woodstock North

Head coach: Jeff Schroeder

Assistant coaches: Matt Polnow, Chris Jackowiak, Dave Rose, Jeremiah Homuth, Kirk Cagle, Nick Rago and John Fredericks

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (3-3 Kishwaukee Conference). Woodstock North made the 2018 Class 5A state playoff field and lost to Montini Catholic in opening round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Westosha Central (WI)
Sept. 6 @ Antioch
Sept. 13 @ Norwood (OH)
Sept. 20 @ Woodstock
Sept. 27 vs Harvard
Oct. 4 vs Johnsburg
Oct. 11 @ Richmond Burton
Oct. 18 vs Marengo
Oct. 25 vs Woodstock

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Biggest storyline: In addition to getting back into the state playoffs and playing deeper into November, the Thunder will be Ohio players in 2019. They have a 361-mile trek to Norwood OH (suburban Cincinnati) in week three.

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Hans Goll (Sr.), RB/DB Elijah Pena (Sr. ) and QB Ryan Zinnen (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: Some of the key areas appear to be on the offensive and defensive lines.

EDGY's Early Take: Woodstock North's returning starters on 'D are centered in the secondary. On offense, the skill positions have several back as well. Coach Schroeder has been the coach of Woodstock North since the program's inception (2009). The Thunder's win totals since 2014 have hovered in the 4-6 territory. Can the team break free into the 7-8 win range? And possibly a playoff win or two?