AUSTINTOWN — Two quick fouls messed with Todd Simons’ head.
He cleared his mind at halftime.
The Austintown Fitch standout dominated the third quarter and helped the Falcons pull away from Canfield, 65-51, in a rivalry matchup at Fitch High School.
Simons scored 12 of his game-high 26 in the third quarter, when the Falcons (6-4, 2-0 All-American Conference, Red Tier) stretched a five-point lead to 11 and took control of the game.
“Usually we have a good third quarter,” said Simons, a 6-foot-3 junior guard. “We just come out and try to bring the intensity out of half. Those two fouls early for me really slowed down the offensive production, but we kept it close, which gave us the ability to spring forward in the third.
“I didn’t have to worry about foul trouble that much, so I could come out and play freely on offense and defense.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.