CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2014 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on August 29th.
Head coach: Dennis Piron
Assistant coaches: Mike Gaspari (offensive coordinator); Matt Holm (defensive coordinator); Billy Colamatteo (special teams/defensive backs); P.J. White (offensive line); Dan Cadena (defensive line); Bai Kabba (wide receivers); Ben Hankes (sophomore head coach), Kevin Jensen, Larry Gay, Adam Kolowski, Derrick Whitwell, Kyle Plate (freshmen); Steve Bailey, Alex Beckmann, Ryan Farwell, Dennis Sims and Ryan Sullivan (volunteer coaches).
Biggest storyline in 2014: Can Batavia find replacements in the offensive skills department? The Bulldogs graduated a ton of offensive production from its 2013 Class 6A state title team, including quarterback Micah Coffey and running back Anthony Scaccia. Senior tight end/linebacker Noah Frazier (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) is the lone starter back in the Bulldogs offensive skills department.
Name to watch: Senior offensive lineman Jack Breshears (6-foot-4, 283 pounds). Breshears is one of four returning starters on the Bulldogs offensive line in 2014. He has an early scholarship offer from Central Michigan.
Biggest hole to fill: Offensive skills.
EDGY's early take: While the graduation loss of offensive production is a concern, Batavia still has talent and returning starters back in important spots. The offensive line is key, especially early in the season with non-conference games against Oswego and Glenbard North. If Batavia can find some answers on offense, and remain in Class 6A (Batavia will again be a borderline 6A/7A team in 2014) they have a real shot at a deep title run and a back-to-back state title.