Constantine and SMCC will be meeting Saturday on the gridiron for only the 2nd time in each school's history. In 2004, the Falcons (of Constantine) scored a late touchdown against SMCC to win a hard fought semi final game 28-27. That win enabled Constantine to win the 2004 State Championship with a win over Suttons Bay at Ford Field.
Constantine started the season 0-2 and had given up 50 points in it's first 5 quarters of play. The Falcons have rallied since reeling off 10 straight victories in what many thought might be a year where Constantine doesn't make the playoffs. The Falcons only start 2 seniors on offense and just 3 seniors on defense. Many thought this team was probably a year away from a long playoff run.
Constantine runs the T offense and is a mirror image of SMCC. Jake Bower is the signal caller and hands off nearly every play to a stable of running backs. (sound familiar?) Freshmen Payton White is a star in the making and may be the Falcons best ball carrier. Look for Shawn Tucker and Zach Mallo to carry the ball numerous times and don't expect the Falcons to throw much. (sound familiar?)
Defensively, Constantine is led by 5'10" 210 linebacker Ron Fancher and 230 lb defensive lineman Malcolm Wilson. The Falcons are extremely physical and have a loyal following from the football crazy town just miles north of the Indiana border. Many of the Falcons have been playing football since a young age as part of the youth football program in the town of Constantine.
I've been writing about SMCC every week since mid August and I think I just described them again as they are a mirror image of the Falcons from Constantine.
This contest should be a great game and shouldn't last very long. Neither team will look to pass very often and both sides will try and hide the ball with a bevy of fakes. This game should go down to the wire and the winner of this game will no doubt get a date with Montague at Ford Field. I am going out on a limb and picking the Falcons to win this game 28-27. Ehhh, the Falcons of SMCC.
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