Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SMCC @ Lansing Catholic Central

SMCC (8-0) is coming off of a 47-7 victory over Jefferson while LCC (8-0) beat Detroit Community 48-6. The Falcons won last years game 49-20.

SMCC steamrolled through the Huron League schedule this year. This week 9 match up may provide the toughest test of the year thus far. The Falcon defense will be challenged by a team that throws the ball a lot, but is able to run the ball as well.

The Cougars are led by 6-7, 235 lb  QB Tony Poljan. The junior has thrown for over 1700 yards and rushed for nearly 700 yards while accounting for 33 TD's. In LCC's closest game of the year, a 34-20 victory over Ionia he threw for 282 yards and 3 TD's while rushing for another 238 and a TD.

The Cougars may remind many Falcon faithful of the teams the they faced at Ford Field back in 2009 and 2010. This team is a lot like Monatgue and Ithaca, they all had Division I QB prospects although Poljan is most likely to play DI basketball. Prediction: SMCC 31 LCC 27

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

and he plays defense too.

CC is going to get smoked.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to CC, you are a disciplined well coached team.

- Milan fan

Anonymous said...

Nice vague comment, which CC team is going to get smoked?

Anonymous said...

This will be a great game for CC to get prepared for the playoffs.
They can use this game as prep for the big boys if they get deep in the playoffs.

LCC is the real deal. CC probly won't beat them, but it should be a heck of a game.

LCC 35, SMCC 21

Anonymous said...

Chris, how does the level of talent in the league that LCC plays in, differ from the Huron League? Better, Equal, or Less?

Anonymous said...

Good luck Falcons! Don't stop now. You beat all of us in league play so you might as well keep winning.
#9 Dad

Chris Schultz said...

Portland and Williamston are usually pretty good teams. Those teams have made finals appearances in the last 5 years. It is a solid Class B League. They only have six teams. I guess I would say the talent is equal from what I can tell.

Anonymous said...

Should be a heck of a game. If SMCC wins they give Giarmo his first 9-0 regular season. SMCC 28 LCC 21. EM

Anonymous said...

Looking at the numBers on searn... If Milan wiNs I think they can get in.. good luck!

Anonymous said...

LCC's QB can only be effective if he's on the field. Giarmo isn't going to let that happen. Go Falcons!

Anonymous said...

When SMCC goes 7-0 in league play they historically do very well vs D6-5 teams

Anonymous said...

LCC is very good. Their league is very respectable. Portland actually won the state championship in 2012 and Williamston was in the finals in 2010. LCC has easily beaten both these programs this year. LCC may very well be there this year.

I like the Huron League, but we have 1 team who has made it that far in the last 10 years.

SMCC is not big enough to sustain a run game the majority of the game to keep LCC off the field.
Maybe for a quarter or so.

LCC will be to much to handle, but great prep for a playoff run.

Anonymous said...

Where is the Cal Preps predictor guy?? no predictions lately.

What do they say about LCC vs SMCC??

28-21 ?? LCC

Chris Schultz said...

Calpreps.com says 27-21 SMCC.

Anonymous said...

SMCC wins by 2 TD's

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
LCC is very good. Their league is very respectable. Portland actually won the state championship in 2012 and Williamston was in the finals in 2010. LCC has easily beaten both these programs this year. LCC may very well be there this year.

I like the Huron League, but we have 1 team who has made it that far in the last 10 years.

SMCC is not big enough to sustain a run game the majority of the game to keep LCC off the field.
Maybe for a quarter or so.

LCC will be to much to handle, but great prep for a playoff run.

October 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM


Geez! Where have we heard this before?

Anonymous said...

What are the chances SMCC lands in D5 for the playoffs?

NJC54 said...

Chris, I just ran the Cal Preps got the same score but it was favoring LCC

Chris Schultz said...

You're right!

Anonymous said...

calpreps says 27-21 LCC
CALPREPS.COM
Your source for high school football scores, standings & rankings



PROJECT A MATCHUP


neutral field
[2014] Catholic Central (Lansing, MI) 27, [2014] St. Mary Catholic Central (Monroe, MI) 21


Anonymous said...

chances are 50/50 at this point that cc is in 5 or 6. too many variables at this point.

CC is playing for 3 home games on Friday.

Anonymous said...

http://usatodayhss.com/score-predictor/

this has SMCC 22 LCC 21

should be a good one

Anonymous said...

I don't believe SMCC will win this game, but I do have to give them credit for having the kahunas to schedule there last game against a great team. Many play an easy last game to end their season.

With Ithaca at 64 wins in a row, those Catholics better go to church everyday and pray for D5. That's the CMU feeder program right there. Coaches are tight.

Anonymous said...

what happened to bn?? I heard he's no longer amongst the free.

SMCC, he was your smartest commentor.

Anonymous said...

bn posts still. If you look hard enough you can find his posts.

Anonymous said...

During playoff time bn goes over to another forum.

Anonymous said...

I believe bn is in the military. Maybe he got called away on duty?

Anonymous said...

Hoping SMCC goes D6...

1. D6 with Ithaca is good, but I have more than a feeling SMCC will end their streak if given a chance to meet them the Friday after Thanksgiving.

2. Lumen Christi has the exact enrollment as cc, where cc goes, christi follows, makes for a good regional/semi game depending on pairing.

D6 is better than D5 and may even give D4 a run, a lot will be said about D4, D5, D6 tonight with SMCC heading up to LCC, considering LCC plays quality D4 teams.

Excited and plan to make a trip to Ford Field.. this time not as a player

Go Green! SMCC rolls 35-14 tonight!
and just for laughs.. MSU 78 UM 0

Anonymous said...

It's Game Day! My family & I have been waiting a long time for this one. We're packing up the car and taking off early to get to Holt Jr. High(LCC's field), grab some grub and a good seat for the game. Win or lose, but hopefully a win, SMCC has had a great season. We have heard all of the negative comments, about how we are too small, too slow, we get pushed around, and how we will be crushed by everyone and their brothers. It all may catch up to us tonight. But if we keep together, play our game, make the proper adjustments, we may just win another one. Either way, it's on to the playoffs!

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

Vince Lombardi

GO FALCONS!!

stosento said...

Couple things:
1) Give huge credit to Giarmo for scheduling LCC. Back in 2009/2010, CC saw some D1 talent in ATH Tony Lippett when he was with Detroit Crockett(doing crazy things for MSU this year) as well as the two college QBs in Kater and Niznak. Giarmo must've reasoned that at a certain point in the playoffs, you have to be able to handle this talent, even in D5/D6, and he found a team that's perfect to give them a test run in LCC. (Note, Former LCC QB Cooper starts over Kater at CMU as a sophomore)

2) SMCC, in my opinion, has a HUGE advantage offensively here. The Huron League sees SMCC every year, knows their offense, scheme, tradition, etc, yet generally has a rough time stopping it. Given that these schools have this experience advantage, they also have a size advantage. When you have more kids at a school, you generally have larger kids on the line, which most of the rest of the HL has had all year compared to SMCC. That isn't to say that the LCC lineman will be smaller, but it's more likely. While LCC saw SMCC once (last year), it doesn't compare to the years of experience the rest of the HL has.

3) The outcome of this game does not matter. I say this because of the invaluable information to be gathered from the film. Obviously a win would be nice, but losing would put them at 8-1, a ton of playoff points to ensure home-field advantage already, and an already pretty scary SMCC team thirsty for blood going into the playoffs. I don't know many teams that would want to play SMCC after that.

All in all, I don't see LCC stopping SMCCs offense, they provide too many issues for a team that has seen them quite seldomly. This may turn out to be a downfall for SMCC, though, as you want to keep the ball out of the hands of the LCC QB for as long as possible, and scoring quickly does not help there.

I'm predicting SMCC to be up 28-14 at halftime, Giarmo and crew will make proper adjustments, which they are usually excellent at, and finish the game 49-21.

You can say that 49-21 is a pretty confident score, but SMCC has proved a lot of people wrong thus far, maybe 1 more isn't all that crazy. :)

Anonymous said...

O9:49 and 10:01. Well said guys.
I like the modest confidence.
That is cool.

Good Luck !

JB


No way on MSU though.

Anonymous said...

Battle creek pennfield runs the same exact offense as CC. LCC handled them easy

Anonymous said...

tons of flaws in both those long comments.. I wont go into them all.. but please trust that D6 is NOT tougher then D5. that is a silly comment and an uneducated one.

LCC is just as big as any huron league team. trust me on this.

Anonymous said...

....aaaand the team with the higher playoff points will be the team that goes up, if one does, between JLC and SMCC. They both don't have to.. it can be one or the other. So... if SMCC wins tonight they would be the team to go up in indeed they do. If they lose it would be JLC. However both could stay in 6. Tons of variaBles, too many to count at this poiNt. stay tuned,

Anonymous said...

the outcome of this game does matter... it means 3 home games vice 2. We would have Beat Livonia last year if we played them at Navarre.

Anonymous said...

Good luck tonight SMCC.
#9 Dad

Anonymous said...

An unfamiliar run offense is much easier to adjust to than an unfamiliar passing offense. SMCC primarily runs and even if SMCC is successful at first, LCC will make adjustments. It will take a few prayers tonight to beat LCC.

I look for a score similar to JV game. You never know though.

stosento said...

2:14 pm : Battle Creek Pennfield? When has LCC played them?? Doesn't show them playing this year at all. If there was a scrimmage or something, BC Pennfield is 2-6 this year, which is not a fair comparison to how SMCC runs the offense.

2:17 pm : I wasn't saying that LCC was necessarily smaller than the LCC, but there's generally a better chance when playing teams with a smaller enrollment to go against smaller players. That being said, SMCC is used to playing against larger teams, so not a negative.

2:26 pm : I don't think they shift on playoff points? I'm not positive, but that seems highly immoral. I see JLC and SMCC in the same division, either 5 or 6.

2:41 pm : You're absolutely correct, I was wrong in my assumption that this game does not matter. I didn't take into account the certainty of an early meeting with JLC. Looking at the potential pairings thus far, it does hold some significance. However, to clarify, I'm glad SMCC put themselves in a situation like this. Even if they do lose, they're preparing against a very solid team, which is better than destroying some weak team right before the playoffs. Sorry for the mistake I wrote before.

Anonymous said...

when teams are tied in enrollment, the team with the higher playoff points is above the other.