Byron Football Preview

Byron, Illinois-There won't be many changes at Byron, because there's no need to change. The Tigers went 7-3 and shared the competitive Big Northern West Conference championship in coach Jeff Boyer's first year.

"They know what Byron Tiger football is. There's no secret at the start when I got here, and we're going to continue to do those things," says Boyer.

"It's just ground-pound football," says lineman Nathan Getzelman. "We take the ball, and we just try and run it down our opponent's throat all game."

The Tigers personnel changes a bit losing the talented duo of Devin Williams and Zach Pattat from their backfield. But the Tigers don't think their run game will skip a beat.

"I feel like the newcomers this year and our returners are going to be able to step up and keep our run game moving and play Byron football," says Boyer.

"I think we have a lot of power backs," says fullback Tyler Huddleston. "I think our backfield is really powerful. But we have speed with it too."

"Zach and Devin were great players for us, but it's up to the guys that are coming in this year to step up and fill that void," says Boyer.

Despite the advantage of being defending conference champs the Tigers are preparing for a brawl on the road to a repeat.

"Every week you're in for a dog fight. It was like that last year, and I don't see it being any different this year," says Boyer. "You can't get looking ahead at people you're looking to play down the road or else you're gong to get caught."

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