To say that it's been a heck of a three-year run for Batavia head coach Dennis Piron might be one of the biggest understatements in IHSA football.
Piron, who took over the Bulldogs program from Hall of Fame head coach Mike Gaspari (who is now the team's offensive coordinator), has posted a 33-3 record and a 6A state title in that span.
How can the Bulldogs keep this run going?
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Gone off to college this fall was a deep, talented and experienced group which included the entire Bulldogs offensive skills group minus senior TE/LB Noah Frazier.
The offensive line will be a strength this fall with four seniors back including Florida Atlantic verbal commit Jack Breshears (6-foot-4, 283 pounds) while the offensive skills develop and gain experience.
Defensively, senior LB Jake Hlava (6-foot-1, 218 pounds) and senior DE Josh Leonhard (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) along with Frazier are the lone returning starters in 2014.
The schedule also does Batavia no favors.
The Bulldogs open up again Oswego and then travel to Glenbard North in an early season matchup that has quickly become a terrific non-conference rivalry. Batavia will also need to be ready for a vastly improved Geneva team later in the season, along with the rest of the Upstate 8 River conference slate.
Yet from the look of things at the Wheaton South Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 earlier this summer, Batavia has numbers, depth and talent again in 2014. Oh, and a head coach in Piron who has posted a 33-3 record in three seasons.
The Bulldogs are also starting to look more and more like a program that is here to stay.