Sunday, February 2, 2014

Crockett Wins Thriller at Navarre

Here is another reprint article. This time from August 28, 2009. The star from Crockett is current Michigan State WR Tony Lippett.

Thank you blog fans for encouraging me to go and see the SMCC/Crockett game tonight at the rained soaked Navarre Field.

This may have been one of the most entertaining high school games I have ever witnessed. SMCC opened the scoring by picking up where they left off last year on special teams. While running their tricky reverse kickoff play Mike Howey ran around the left side 85 yards and the Falcons took a 6-0 first quarter lead

The Falcons took a 12-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter on a Chris LaBeau 3 yard plunge that capped a 85 yard drive. Crockett responded with a 58 yard drive of it's own in the quarter as QB Tony Lippett scored on a 4th and 1 QB sneak from 49 yards out to make the score 12-6 Falcons at the half. The Falcons dominated the first half time of possesion by having the ball on offense for 17:39. Much of the 1st half was played in monsoon type conditions that limited the Rockets spread offense.

The 2nd half started with Crockett taking their opening drive 75 yards in 1:46 culminating with a Lippett pass to WR James White making the score 12-12. SMCC roared right back and took an 18-12 lead with a 55 yard drive of their own. Andrew Lamour used his speed to get around the left side from 23 yards out. With the 2nd half completely free of rain, QB Lippett generated another long drive which resulted in a 40 yard TD pass to Ashton Gaines the 2 point conversion was good and Crockett took a 20-18 lead into the 4th quarter.

The 4th quarter started with the Rockets on their own 3 yard line and they put together their best drive of the night eating up half of the quarter while going 97 yards. Lippett threw another TD pass, this one from 12 yards out to White to take a 26-18 lead with 6:00 minutes to go. The Falcons ensuing possesion started at their own 17 yard line and they ran the ball down Crockett's throat and scored with 1:56 left on a 2 yard plunge by Lamour making the score 26-24 Crockett. SMCC's 2 point conversion try was good on a Mike Howey run. The score was made possible by a pancake block by Robbie Cardella on a would be Crockett defender.

This is where the game gets interesting. Crockett gets the ball back at their own 25 with 1:51 left. Lippett looks to pick up where he left off throwing the ball down the field. With 57 seconds left, SMCC conerback "John John" Qualey intercepts a Lippett pass and the Falcons are back in business at their own 39 yard line. The Falcons start immediately moving the ball down field en route to a possible game winning score. With 26 seconds left a Falcon ball carrier coughs up the football at the Rocket's 36 yard line. Enter Crockett QB Tony Lippett, it simply took the athletic senior 3 plays to go 41 yards down to the Falcon 23 yard line with 2 seconds to play. With one snap left before overtime, Lippett took the snap out of the shot gun and lofted a soft pass to sophomore James White who had gotten behind the Falcon defense again and caught his 3rd touchdown of the game. The Crockett team rushed the field and celebrated as 32-26 winners in a game for the ages.

Most of SMCC's offense came on the ground. The Falcons rushed for 273 yards on 59 carries. Chris LaBeau's 77 yards led SMCC in rushing as 6 players shared the carries. Crockett's Tony Lippett finished the game with some gaudy numbers. The senior was 15-21 for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 4 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. Rumor has it that Lippett skipped the half time speech of Coach Rod Oden and sold 12 popcorns and a slushy at the concession stand and did a halftime routine with the Crockett cheerleaders.

I stick by my prediction that this game would make SMCC a better team for the playoffs. This team was the best the Falcons will see in the regular season. With apologies to Andrew Mayrand from Huron, this is also the best QB the Falcons will see all year as well.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

you compared lippett to Mayrand.. ha come now.

-bn

Chris Schultz said...

Please BN, Lippett was a virtual unknown and was recruited as an athlete by MSU not as a QB.

Anonymous said...

virtual unknown but you said he will be the best QB SMCC faced.. couldnt have been that unknown. Was Mayrand recruited by MSU to play QB?

Just bustin your balls.

-bn

Chris Schultz said...

He wasn't unknown to me after I watched him personally at that game.

Anonymous said...

Hey,
Not about this article. I just didn't know how to get a hold of you otherwise.

Will you be doing any updates about Huron League boys signing today?

I get the D-zone, but I really don't want to wade through all the other stuff. I'm really just interested in the Huron League.

Anonymous said...

Question for the blog: what was the best CC team of the Giarmo era? So many good teams to choose from. EM

Chris Schultz said...

I would say the 2005 or 2010 team. Both teams lost the opener and then lost in the finals. The 2005 team lost to Nouvel then lost in the finals to Kingsley. The 2010 team lost to Crockett in the opener then Ithaca in the finals. The 2009 team did the same thing losing to Crockett in opener then Montague in the finals, but that team played a bunch of young kids.

Anonymous said...

The 2004 team might have been the best of all. It lost on a hail mary to consty with 1 second left. Consty went on to win the finals in a blowout. In my opinion, the teams would rank under Giarmo as such:

1.2004- lost on a hail mary to consty in semi's
2.2005- lost in finals to Kingsley
3.2010- lost in Finals to Ithaca
4.2009- Lost in Finals to Montague
5.2007- Lost on hail mary to Bliss
6.2003- lost a heart breaker to Ravena in Semi's
7.2008- lost to Leslie in Semi's
8.2013 lost to C-vill in the Regionals on a hook n ladder
9.2012- lost to Consty in semi's
10.2006- lost to foley in districts

-bn

Anonymous said...

I largely agree with your list BN. I am not sure why you listed the 2006 team so low, I believe they were 8-1 with a fluke loss in a mudbowl. Here is mine (I hope it formats correctly).

1. 2004 Team
2. 2005 Team
3. 2010 Team
4. 2009 Team
5. 2003 Team
6. 2006 Team
7. 2013 Team
8. 2007 Team
9. 2008 Team
10. 2012 Team

Anonymous said...

Nice breakdown bn. Alot of people will probably forget the '04 team cause they didn't make the finals, but that may very well be Giarmo's best team. Only regular season lose was a defensive struggle vs a really good Riverview team. And correct me if i'm wrong, didn't the Constantine game end in controversy? EM

Anonymous said...

Ask Giarmo, and unless you know him on a pretty personal level he wont answer the question, but believe me when I say it, he believes the 2010 team based on their knowledge and understanding of the game and the ability to apply it on game day was his best team. He tells stories of how their game film was like a clinic of the offense and defense they wanted to run. player wise 2004 wins all day, had they best players no doubt, when you are talking a team collectively 2010 takes it.

Anonymous said...

I have the 2006 team as low as they are because they exited to the worst team.

The top 3 teams on my list can be in any order. The 2004-2005-2010 teams were all excellent. You can make a case for all of them being Jack's best.

EM, I wouldnt say they lost on a "controversial" play but it was a one in a million type scenario. Or in SMCC's case 3 in a million if you take into account how they lost to Blissfield is 07 and C-vill last year.

-bn

Anonymous said...

Thats 7 trips to the state Semi's, 3 to the finals and zero state titles. Will Jack get that elusive title? Can this year's team be that squad.. some think so.

-bn