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School: St. Viator
Conference: East Suburban Catholic Conference
Head Coach: Dave Archibald
Assistant Coaches: Chase Murdock- DC/LB Kyle Jenkins- DL Gregg Kirkwood- DB Frank Laterza- Asst. DB, Asst. Special Teams Bob Lamick- OL Casey Lynde- WR Al Panzeca- RB Fr. Dan Hall- Kickers Mike Tubridy- Football Operations
2016 results: 7-3 (6-0 South Suburban Red Conference). The Bulldogs made the IHSA Class 6A state playoff field and lost to St. Laurence in the 6A opening round action.
2017 St. Viator Lions schedule
8/25 @ Rolling Meadows
9/1 Lake Forest
9/8 @ Marian Catholic
9/15 Benet Academy
9/29 @ Marian Central Catholic
10/6 St. Patrick
10/13 @ Nazareth Academy
10/20 @ Notre Dame
Returning Offensive Starters
Matt Doersching WR 6'3" 160, 2018
Bryce Hellgeth QB 6'2" 205, 2018
Rocky Smeriglio OL 5'11" 205, 2018
Joe Steineke OL 6'3" 275, 2018
Anthony Maraviglia OL/DL 6'0" 280, 2018
Joe Cleary OL/DL 6'3" 230, 2018
Ben Whalen WR 6'4" 180, 2018
Returning Defensive Starters
Kyle Pearce DB 5'10" 165, 2018
Bobby Ochoa DB 5'7" 180, 2018
Christian Dolecki DB 5'10" 170, 2018
Casey Kmet LB 5'9" 185, 2019
Michael Wittich DL 6'2" 205, 2018
Newcomers to Watch
Kennedy Gawin -WR 6'1" 170, 2018 (moves from RB to WR)
Niko Weder -LB 5'10" 190, 2019
Elijah Black -RB 5'7" 175, 2019
Jake Wolf -LB 5'10" 190, 2018
2017 St. Viator Lions summer Camp/7on7 plans
Standard camp schedule. 7on7 @ Loyola, 7on7 @ Prospect. Practices with Prairie Ridge, Vernon Hills, and Buffalo Grove. Overnight camp at St. Norbert.
Did You Know That...senior QB Bryce Hellgeth is also a standout kicker for the Lions?
Top Impact Player for Sty. Viator in 2017? Senior QB Bryce Hellgeth will be asked to lead the Lions explosive offense this fall. Hellgeth also possesses 50 yard field goal range as the Lions kicker and is drawing recruiting looks this summer as both a quarterback and as a kicker.
Biggest Concern heading into 2017? Can the Lions reload a bit especially on the defensive line? Just one returning starter ins back in senior Michael Wittitch. Can the Lions find a go to guy this season to replace graduated TE Cole Kmet (Notre Dame)?
EDGYTIM's Way Too Early Take on the 2017 St. Viator Lions?
While the Lions lose some star power to graduation, St. Viator brings back a nice core of starters from a season ago this fall. Look for the Lions to again challenge in the upper portion of the ESCC and to also compete for a state playoff bid.
EDGYTIM's Way Too Early regular season record prediction for the St. Viator Lions? 6-3/5-4