Countdown to FNL: Bolingbrook

After bringing home a state title two seasons ago, Bolingbrook is back in the hunt to get downstate for another crack at the crown.

Three seasons ago, it was senior linebacker Antonio Morrison, current Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey as a junior, and a sophomore Parrker Westphal leading the way for Bolingbrook as they brought home a hard-earned state title down in Champaign.

The Raiders looked poised to make another run in 2012, but an injury to Aaron Bailey put him on the shelf for a few weeks, and by the time he came back, it was too late.

Bailey has since moved on to college, but Westphal remains, and he's joined by junior defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway. The shoes to fill on offense are huge. Bailey keyed that offense for the last few years, but the defense still remains strong.

The key this year for Bolingbrook will have to be holding serve on defense and taking advantage of opportunities on offense.

Overall the schedule is very manageable. Only a couple of matchups loom big at this point. Let's take a closer look..

Toughest Game: 10/18 v. Lincoln-Way East

The team that knocked them out in 2012 poses the toughest challenge for the Raiders this season. Tommy Fuessel may be gone, but LWE is a tough team every year. Led by senior Illinois commit Nick Allegretti, this is the game Bolingbrook will be looking to the most near the end of the season.

Set the Tone: 8/30 at Hinsdale Central

This game is a big opportunity for both teams. If Hinsdale Central wants to prove that they're serious about a run this year, this is a big chance for them to make that statement. If Bolingbrook wants to start the year with momentum, a win here could possibly set them up to be 7-0 heading into the week 8 matchup with Lincoln-Way East. A lot is at stake in this one.

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