Congratulating Batavia Bulldogs on Winning State
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a statement on the House floor congratulating the Batavia Bulldogs football team on winning the state championship.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise today to congratulate the Batavia High School Bulldogs football team on winning the Illinois class 7A state championship.
Holding off the undefeated Lake Zurich Bears and winning the thrilling final in overtime, the team ended the season with an overall 13-1 record.
Crucial to the victory was quarterback Riley Cooper. The senior completed 28 of 42 passes for 295 yards, and three touchdowns, in the championship game.
The final score was a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Stuttle in overtime, securing the 21-14 win at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Leading the team throughout a great regular season and playoff run was Coach Dennis Piron, who has headed the team since 2010, and who is a 1983 Batavia graduate.
This is the school’s first state championship since 2013.
Students who cheered their siblings and friends on the 2013 Bulldogs team are now carrying the torch and celebrating their own victory as members of the 2017 team.
Congratulations Batavia Bulldogs, past and present, for your achievements. Your success is well deserved.