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Byron Looks to Stay Competitive in Big Northern West

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Led by Zack Pattat, the Byron Tigers contended for the Big Northern West conference title on the football field. Despite coming up just short, Byron reached the postseason and expects to do so again in 2013.

Head coach Jeff Boyer led the Tigers to a 7-3 record in his first year at the helm, losing in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. And while replacing Pattat will be tough, Boyer believes his team his suited to bounce back strong.

"I think some players are in a way irreplaceable, and Zack was one of those special players for us," Boyer said. "But I think we're a little more balanced in the backfield this year; we have a lot more guys that can do some things in the backfield."

"It's going to be hard replacing Pattat and [Devin] Williams," said senior tight end/linebacker Connor Bontjes. "We just have to step up and have the new kids, who may not be as experienced as them, step up into position and do what they have to do."

In a conference that includes strong programs such as Winnebago, Lutheran and Stillman Valley, Boyer knows the importance of staying focused each week.

"I think you just have to take it week by week, you can't get caught looking ahead, because every game you have to come ready to play on Friday night," Boyer said. "That's kind of how we approached things last year, and we're going to do the same thing this year."

Byron kicks off its 2013 season on August 31st against Nekoosa.

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