SMCC (11-1) is coming off of an exciting 27-26 victory over Lumen Christi while NorthPointe (11-1) defeated Waterviliet 41-35. These two teams have never met. The Mustangs play in the OK Conference Silver Division.
NorthPointe is led by QB Luke Van Dyke. The senior has thrown for over 1,200 yards and rushed for another 500. The Mustang ground attack is led by the brother tandem of Kenny and Char Willekes. Kenny has ran for over a 1,000 yards.
The Mustang defense is led by two outstanding two-way players in senior Preston Huckaby and junior T. J. Swore. Huckaby is a 4 year starter.
SMCC continues to run the ball against everyone they face, but the QB/WR tandem of seniors Bryce Windham and Travis Vuich have kept defenses off balance all season. Senior RB John Lako played through injury last week and had one of his biggest games of the season against Lumen Christi.
The SMCC defense is what has carried them this season. The Falcons are giving up just 9 ppg against a schedule that has included 8 playoff opponents in 12 games.
SMCC will be the best team that NorthPoint has played all season, but the Grand Rapids area produces some of the best football teams in the state in every division. This will be a closely contested game with the winner moving on to Ford Field. Prediction: SMCC 38 NorthPointe Christian 20.