SMCC (9-1) is coming off of a 62-8 week one playoff win over Grass Lake. Clinton (10-0) defeated Manchester for the 2nd time this season in the first week of the playoffs 42-6. These teams have met five times over the years with SMCC having won all five games.
SMCC got to business early last week by scoring 8 TD's in the first quarter and a half against Grass Lake. The Falcons are led by senior QB Bryce Windham. SMCC faces a bruising running game from any of a number of backs led by Justin Carrabino, John Lako and Mitchell Lamour.
The Falcon defense is fast and disciplined while giving up less than 7 ppg. Justin LaPlante, Troy Hilkens, Darius Marks and Travis Vuich lead the defense which will be challenged by the speed of Clinton.
Clinton made it to the state title game last season and boast a powerful offense that is averaging nearly 50 ppg. The Redskins have two 1,000 yard rushers in senior Collin Poore and junior Matt Sexton. Senior QB Ryan Karapas has thrown 8 TD's in only 49 pass attempts this season.
The defense is led by a host of juniors. Speedy LB Noah Poore and DE Ken DeShano along with DT David Chantelois and LB Blake Rogers are part of a defensive unit that gives up just under 12 ppg. Perhaps the best defensive player for the Redskins is senior MLB Seth Sylvester.
This is a game that is worthy of a state semifinal match up as opposed to a district final. Clinton's offense and SMCC's defense will be fun to watch as they try to force their wills on one another. The problem for Clinton is they have to stop a Falcon offense who runs on everyone they meet including playoff qualifiers Lansing Catholic, New Boston Huron, Riverview and Grosse Ile. Prediction: SMCC 30 Clinton 21