Batavia's Piron, Grayslake Central's Miller earn plaudits from Chicago Bears

  • Grayslake Central's Kaiden Miller

    Grayslake Central's Kaiden Miller

  • Dennis PironBatavia football coach

    Dennis PironBatavia football coach

Daily Herald report
Updated 9/9/2021 8:17 PM

The Chicago Bears announced Thursday that head coach Dennis Piron of Batavia has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week for Week 2 and wide receiver Kaiden Miller of Grayslake Central was named the Chicago Bears High School All-Star of the week.

The Bears will make a $2,000 donation to the Batavia football program and direct a $500 donation to the youth football program of Miller's choice.


Piron and the Bulldogs (2-0) overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit to post a 21-13 victory at Oswego, marking Piron's 100th career win as Batavia's head coach. A graduate of Batavia, Piron has been the team's head football coach for 11 years, notching a 100-17 record and winning the state championship twice during that time. Piron also leads Batavia's INCubator Entrepreneurship Program and coaches track.

Miller, a junior wide receiver, helped lead the Rams (2-0) to a 34-33 win at Mundelein last Friday and set a single-game school record with 267 receiving yards. He scored a touchdown with 14 seconds left before Grayslake Central completed a 2-point conversion for the win. Miller also caught a Rams record-setting 96-yard touchdown and collected 7 tackles and 2 pass breakups on defense.

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