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      Thursday
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      SIMONSON Says: Pittsfield Starts New Era With Balanced Attack

      Sophomore Korbyn Personette sparked the Saukees with a 66-yard fumble return for a TD. (Photo: Will Wilson)

      It hasn't been since 1994 that Curt Simonson led Pittsfield between the lines. After a twenty-year hiatus, he's back as the Saukees head coach. Along with the change, the co-op days with Griggsville-Perry are over and Pittsfield has now moved to the Sangamo Conference. A fresh slate on the schedule arises and this team is looking to make November football a norm, something they haven't done in five years. Yesterday win moves the pendulum in the right direction with a 28-6 win over River Valley.

      Curt Simonson: "We started to get in to a rhythm and honestly, it's kind of what I expected. Offensively, we were conservative by design. We have many kids that this is their first varsity start. Our quarterback (Quinn Leahy) gets his first varsity start. So, I want to make sure from my standpoint that I don't put them in positions that they are not ready for."

      Korbyn Personette: "Last few years we've been losing and having losing seasons. We just want the playoffs. It's one of our goals and we've been practicing hard for that."

      Simonson: "Consequently, very conservative offensively. I don't think we threw the ball till the second quarter and he made a nice pass. Nice pass, great catch. Those kind of things went well for us and played well for us."

      Laken Labby: "It's a new conference. We're just trying to make a statement, coming out getting a win."

      After a few early turnovers, Korbyn Personette's 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown sparked the Saukees 21-0 run and eventual 28-6 forfeit win. The sophomore was in the backfield on a constant basis yesterday and gave his team a jolt they needed. Something they are counting on from their defense all year long.

      Personette: "It was a perfect play, I guess. The ball bounced so perfect and I got it and returned it."

      Labby: "That was right after I got back in after I got hurt. He came up and he did that. It just pumped me back up, I was ready to go. We just have a lot of speed. We try and lock everything up inside. Our coners just keep outside. Don't let anyone pass you."

      Simonson: "We face that every day in practice and every day in practice we get the same thing. We've come to expect those things from them. It was a great play and he had the presence of mind to pick it up and run it in. That's a game changer."

      Pittsfield heads home this Friday night under the lights for a 7PM battle against North Mac.