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Falcons D stands tall after a horrible penalty on Howey. EM
Congratulations Smcc on State championship. Stop the nations longest win streak. Awesome job..gota be considered one of the greatest teams ever in D6.Milan
FALCONS-FALCONS-FALCONS STATE CHAMPS!!!!
Was watching online and lost feed so I missed SMCC last touchdown? Congratulations Coach Giarmo!
Hudson Tigers say great job SMCC 72-IN A ROW
Congrats to Jack Giarmo on his first state championship. EM
Please bring on basketball. Tired of hearing about it already and they just won.
Congratulations SMCC Falcons/Kestrels, Jack and Diane for a real good week.EARNED not BOUGHT. LET US PREYThanks Chris for great forum for great SE MI FB. 9 more months for scrimmages Can't wait.
Congrats SMCC from a former Milan player! You will never forget this season.
Congrats boys!!! Proud of you!!! Savior this moment and take it all in!!! Good job and congrats on a great season!!!KC
Private schools 3 for 3 today. Grand Rapids Christian currently winning. Somebody please stop the madness. There will ALWAYS be an asterisk. *
Sleep right through you boring hater sleep on cause you dont understand and dont know how to acknowledge Great accomplishment. Smcc great job..Milan
Greatest team ever in D6. Pleassssssse! U just played the best team ever in D6. You beat them once. woohooo! They won 69 straight and 4 state championships in a row. U will never do that.They actually outplayed you today, a couple lucky turnovers or they would have beat you. They had more of everything except points. God helped you today.
Lost a close game Lcc without a key player. Beat a favored Jlc. Shut out a Gpn team and beat a historical Ithaca team..I agree
Talk about asterisks all you want, all the record books will show is SMCC 2014 Division 6 state champs breaking a 69 game win streak. You can keep that asterisk, no one else will look at it.
Hey Clueless! The only thing that matters is the scoreboard. Sheeeeeesh!
Just stating the facts. Nothing clueless about it. Life will go on for all. Win or Lose. Today is just another day.
This isn't figure skating. There are no style points. Your team lost. Nobody cares how many yards you had. Enjoy your sour grapes.
I guess you mean by that the Christian schools are allowed to pray ... and God hears them.
9:33pm"Greatest team ever in D6. Pleassssssse! U just played the best team ever in D6."I'm almost positive the original poster was talking about Ithaca there. The previous sentence was talking about them. I also think Ithaca will be one of the best teams in D6 ever."You beat them once. woohooo! They won 69 straight and 4 state championships in a row."Yeah, their last 69 opponents couldn't "beat them once". SMCC stopped a 69 game winning streak...c'mon man that's insane."They actually outplayed you today, a couple lucky turnovers or they would have beat you. They had more of everything except points."Alright, let's see what they had more of...more turnovers, more turnovers on downs, and more yards? A team can drive all they want...turning the ball over is part of a good defense and special team play. SMCC did both of those, which kinda shows they're the more well-rounded team. Were they fortunate on some plays? Sure! But punching the ball out on a punt return or being in position for a clutch interception by Windham or Darius are part of being well-coached and playing well. And the more yards part? Here's a statistic for ya:Michigan had more yards than ND and lost 31-0.Like 10:23pm said, there are no style points in football. SMCC made the plays to win the game."God helped you today"Falcons, let us prey :D
Private schools 4Public Schools 0Day 1 over, see what happens tomorrow.
What game did you watch. SMCC outplayed Ithaca. Stop being a sore loser. SMCC defense was dominate . Maybe best in state
stosento: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzYou won a state championship today, why do you let us public school fans not liking your program bother you so much. Get over it. Its a blog of opinions, I got mine, you got yours.I give my respect to those who deserve it. You guys did good today, I just don't feel its the same because your a private school. Sorry. That will NEVER change. Prey?? whats that? are you hunting a deer?Come on? Its pray! Don't you go to church up their in A2.
It's a play on words clueless! Falcons are a bird of prey. Catholics like to pray. Sheeeeesh!
It's a pun genius.Falcons are a bird of PREY
11:17pmI am not bothered by public school fans not liking SMCC. I just don't really enjoy fans belittling other teams for reasons in the same league...when they just won a state championship. I'm not a huge fan of the other teams in the league, in fact we used to hate some (Milan / Airport) of them back in the day. However, when a team like that does well, making constructive criticism comments are appropriate while still giving them credit where credit is due. You seem to not abide by these standards, which comes off as rude and I point out flaws in your argument.If you don't feel it's the same because it's a private school, then we'll disagree and go on your separate ways. I just don't think posting negative comments like that about a team that JUST won a state championship is warranted...frankly, it comes across as sad and sour grapes.Play on words, as Chris pointed out. It's an SMCC thing. I don't mean to come across as a jerk when responding to your comments, but most people from other schools are fantastic on this blog...giving SMCC tons of encouragement, which is nice to see. When someone doesn't it rubs me the wrong way.
Ok, Ithaca beat us once and we beat them once so what's your point you mindless idiot? SMCC has been in the finals four times in the last decade. I'm sure your team has never even sniffed the playoffs let alone made it out of your district. So show some class! SMCC is the team that ended Ithaca's streak, the longest winning streak in our country, it's over.
Might be the toughest road in the playoffs in any division in a long time. Beat undefeated Clinton coming off of a finals appearance 50-15.Beat undefeated JLC away with D1 caliber RB 27-26.Beat good GRNP team 28-0 Beat undefeated Ithaca on a 69 game winning streak...including 4 state championships 22-12.You have to go back to 2008 to find a game that Ithaca has scored fewer than 12 points.
I just would like to know how is SMCC being private school different than if a public school won. They have no transfer students. Nobody goes out and recruits 5'6" kids. Our field and facilities suck. Our weight room is sub par. Please explain why we have such the advantage ? Don't take away the fact that our boys just might have had worked harder than yours. Training for next season starts today. These kids are very dedicated. Guys like you are so clueless. And for the comments made about the SMCC boys being inferior I just want to say Thank You ! It motivated the boys. Chris, thanks for the blog and you being a fair and logical moderator. Go F alcons !
Congrats Falcons! Way to represent the Huron League.
@ 11:17pm...hopefully you now know the difference between PREY and PRAY. I would also like to point out that they do pray up THERE (not their) in A2. You make public school kids look bad....smh.
Actually Ithaca probably has more transfers (recruited kids) than St. Mary's. They have developed a pipeline from St. John's and along with many good kids in the area. If they think you are good they will take you.Check those facts when you cry about private vs public. Schools of Choice is being manipulated by many schools and Ithaca has to be one of the best at it. They try to get em before they start high school but they will take you if you are willing to sit the 2nd semester. Moving in to the district is much better choice and the A D will gladly advise the parents. But the AD is smart, he lets the "Money Bank Family" do all the behind the scenes "dirty" work, so AD can keep his hands clean.Ithaca will be back along with some fresh new faces that will transfer in for the "time of their life"
They must not teach about puns in the public schools. They should put an asterisk on his diploma, or GED or whatever he has. That guy is a jealous dork. The defense won that game last night. Windham wasn't on his best game on offense, but he more than made up for it on defense. As far as the other idiot that said our win wasn't special, SCOREBOARD!! GO FALCONS!!! YOU DID IT!! JOB WELL DONE!!
Whoa SMCC did not outplay Ithaca. Ithaca gave them a TD (YES THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF GIVING A TEAM A TD) and called one of the worst plays in the history of play calling going under center and throwing a reverse pass when they had been chewing CC's defense up and down the field on the ground. Ithaca scores there and it's lights out. CC went the final 6 possessions punting. They were just about given their final score after holding Ithaca. Chris hit the nail on the head Lamour had several huge plays on D and the big gain he had on 3rd down changed field position. If they don't gain those 20 yards Ithaca has 3 minutes and decent field position. Then everyone is on here questioning play calling after CC was sacked twice trying to throw back to back plays on 1st and 2nd down after. CC fans you earned it, but you have to admit you had some luck on your side. It's better to be good than lucky. JLC was about to score when their stud puked the ball up..Ithaca gives you a score in the 1st half and gift wraps a pic for Windham in the 4th qtr. I'll give SMCC credit, but you were outplayed in my opinion. The drive you had at the end of the game took time off and was impressive. There were so many times in the past when SMCC had a much better team than other schools and lost games like this. in 2010 they were much better and dominated Ithaca, but Ithaca won on the scoreboard. Yes I agree with the private vs public school, no coincidence that private went 4-0 and had teams in the finals. Congrats CC you represented the HL wellRemember ...Ithaca had 4 seniors. They will win it next year going away. I hope coach jack gets out because they don't have much coming up after the junior class.
Great job SMCC! It's not every day you get to play for a state title. Or beat a team without a loss in 4 years. You guys are awesome in my book. Let the haters hate, enjoy your win! Looking forward to next season! I always love watching my son play you guys cause I know you guys will bring it! Congrats !#9 Dad
Chris my game CO MVPs were Darius Marks and LaPlante. The LaPlante kid was all over the field. Lako was all over the field and had huge runs for TD's. Had he not had the miscue in the 1st half he would have been my player of the game. Lako was also great in pass defense..ahhh ok i'll throw Lako's name in as player of the game!! Marks is tough and the most underrated kid on that team. Good to see Howey back. him at 50 percent is better than most!! I hope Woolford is ok he could barely walk and wouldn't come off the field. Chris. THey don't throw to him because he is a tackle playing TE. They use their TE a ton in blocking. He was in a lot of routes but notice they booted to get Vuich open and Carrabino. And god forbid were the refs HORRIBLE OR WHAT?? NOT TO mention the PA guy who must be 90 years old because he was the same guy calling the game when I went to the sliverdome back in the 80's...he was calling carribino car a lino then it was Carolinas ....give that guy another shot!
i don't hate anyones success and actually, i think we need 3 state championship tournaments.1) private school2) public schools that have 'open enrollment policy'.3) those public schools that only have 'in district students'.this seems like a fair answer. and i think the "open enrollment"tourney would have the most schools. hey, stosento u for this?
Lets go Ishpeming!
Anonymous said...i don't hate anyones success and actually, i think we need 3 state championship tournaments.1) private school2) public schools that have 'open enrollment policy'.3) those public schools that only have 'in district students'.this seems like a fair answer. and i think the "open enrollment"tourney would have the most schools. hey, stosento u for this?November 29, 2014 at 10:25 AMSeriously? C'mon, soccer mom. Pretty soon you will want to reduce the game to "everyone gets a trophy for just showing up". This is football. It's not like that, and hopefully it never will. Unfortunately, we now live in a society that is so "PC" that we have to have little leagues like that for kids, so NO ONE has their feelings hurt. Bottom line is, you have to learn how to WIN, and you have to know how to LOSE. If you just sit around and just expect mediocrity, what is that teaching our future generations? They have nothing to strive for. If you have no goals in life, you're not a well-rounded human being. You don't think that SMCC learned anything from their past playoff losses? Most football teams in the country will tell you that in order to be considered the "BEST", you have to beat the "BEST. Plus, if we had it your way, the MHSAA Football playoffs would be over in April.
Yeah. I think the PA announcer @ Ford Field was at The ELWOOD pounding shots before the games. He must have mispronounced the same name 5 different ways! Not very professional, dude. Not everyone has the last name of "Smith".
Anonymous said...Whoa SMCC did not outplay Ithaca. Ithaca gave them a TD (YES THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF GIVING A TEAM A TD) and called one of the worst plays in the history of play calling going under center and throwing a reverse pass when they had been chewing CC's defense up and down the field on the ground. Ithaca scores there and it's lights out. CC went the final 6 possessions punting. They were just about given their final score after holding Ithaca. Chris hit the nail on the head Lamour had several huge plays on D and the big gain he had on 3rd down changed field position. If they don't gain those 20 yards Ithaca has 3 minutes and decent field position. Then everyone is on here questioning play calling after CC was sacked twice trying to throw back to back plays on 1st and 2nd down after. CC fans you earned it, but you have to admit you had some luck on your side. It's better to be good than lucky. JLC was about to score when their stud puked the ball up..Ithaca gives you a score in the 1st half and gift wraps a pic for Windham in the 4th qtr. I'll give SMCC credit, but you were outplayed in my opinion. The drive you had at the end of the game took time off and was impressive. There were so many times in the past when SMCC had a much better team than other schools and lost games like this. in 2010 they were much better and dominated Ithaca, but Ithaca won on the scoreboard. Yes I agree with the private vs public school, no coincidence that private went 4-0 and had teams in the finals. Congrats CC you represented the HL wellRemember ...Ithaca had 4 seniors. They will win it next year going away. I hope coach jack gets out because they don't have much coming up after the junior class. November 29, 2014 at 10:18 AMBLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH. Woulda ,shoulda, coulda.FALCONS WIN.If my aunt had (bleep), she'd be my uncle.
10:18amAn SMCC player punched it out, and there were about 4 more Falcons there swarming the return man. So Ithaca didn't "give" them a TD, SMCC forced a turnover and ran it in. Good or bad play call, SMCC was in position for the underthrown ball...that's defense for ya. Your claim that Ithaca outplayed SMCC is questionable since play-calling, executing, and limiting turnovers is part of out-playing a team. SMCC did a better job than Ithaca in every one of those departments. They outplayed Ithaca when it counted.To say we had "luck on our sides" is also questionable. In the JLC game, Willis was starting both ways for one of the first times of the year and had 51 carries(!!!), more than twice his average per game. When a kid has to do that much to keep the game within reach, he's going to get tired and more prone to make mistakes / SMCC stripping him. You may call it luck, I call it executing when it counts.You said it best at the end...there have been a lot of games SMCC was really close to winning...except on the scoreboard. This felt like one of those games, and SMCC came out on top. Ithaca is young...they'll be back to win a state championship next year I'm sure. I would be fine with Coach Giarmo leaving...but SMCC will be decent next year. They won't be the same team they were this year...but solid nonetheless.
10:25pmMeh, I don't know about this. I'm more about limiting the number of state champs in a state rather than increasing it. With these 3 tournaments, since there are less teams in each, say there are about 4 divisions in each. With the separate playoffs like this, you'll have a total of 12 state champions, and each playoff would have a state champion similar in size/enrollment to another state champion in the other playoffs. It reminds me of wrestling, where you have 4 state champions at each weight class.While I think the concept is intriguing, you're creating a separation of talent. I never like that separation, so I would debunk it. What about a playoff for the current system, though?You get the 8 state champions, then do a playoff. On one side you have D1 vs D2 and D3 vs D4, the winners facing in the semis. On the other side you have D5 vs D6 and D7 vs D8. Now potentially you could get Muskegon Catholic Central vs some huge D1 Cass Tech or Clarkston or something, which is scary. Even though it'd never happen due to the time and amount of games per season, but I'd love to see the overall state champion.
Great Job SMCC football team you are all MVP and STATE CHAMPIONS
Already telling boys from SMCC that they will not be that good. When you going to learn. Jv only list to view and they were missing some good player's if I remember correctly. They will be solid and this years freshmen are good. They easily will contend.
Leave the system alone. What you are saying is we don't have the athletes to compete and it's not fair. Life is not fair you must be a democrat. Orange slices and trophies for all. Also Ithaca lost because they choked at the end and CC's defense made key stops. Defense wins championships period!So say what you they had this chance and that chance but the fact is the final score and that is all that matters. Excuses are for losers.On a side note when they started to chop block and took out two players with knee problems I was glad to see them fall. Shame on Ithaca's coaching staff.
@9:10amThanks for the insight. I kinda wondered how a village of ~3000 can keep churning out all this talent. They have to be getting it from abroad. Have to admit Ithica is well coached. They try to strip the ball on every play and the O-line holds like crazy, especially when the QB scrambles...very opportunistic! Head coach is pretty arrogant, didn't give CC any credit during the press conference. It was there fault they lost because the offense didn't play well...had nothing to do with CC's defense I guess. Jack gave them complements - showed some class. Don't care for the press coverage. Seems like its all about the streak ending and how Ithica is handling it...very little about how well CC played. Happy that we won but sad to see the season end. This has to be the most exciting season in memory! Def looked forward to Friday nights. Thanks Chris for what you do...its great that folks can come here and voice their opinions, good or bad. That's what America is all about and it makes life exciting. Can't wait for next fall! The Huron League should be very interesting!JI
Glad its over !!!!
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