Riverview (5-1) is coming off of a pasting of Flat Rock 71-7 while SMCC (5-1) was dealt their first loss by Milan 21-14. The Falcon won last year's shootout 61-42 and are 8-2 in the last 10 games of this series between two of the top 50 programs historically in Michigan.
Riverview's offense has been virtually unstoppable this season with senior RB's Josh Smith and Marcus Samuels. The defense has been good enough most of the season and is much improved from last year.
SMCC is a young team that is still looking for a homerun threat on offense although Justin Carrabino has shown signs of just that. The defense has been great all season and was able to keep the Falcons in the game last week against Milan.
This should be a great game matching the big and fast Pirates against the young and smaller Falcons. I had this one pegged as a Riverview victory at the beginning of the season. I don't see the SMCC defense slowing down the Pirates but Riverview may have the same problem. Don't be surprised to see the Falcons score a few times through the air this week. Pick: Riverview 34 SMCC 29