SMCC was 13-1 last season while winning the Division 6 State Championship. The Falcons beat the four time defending State Champions Ithaca Yellowjackets 22-12 in the final. SMCC legendary coach Jack Giarmo is gone to retirement and his replacement is 2000 SMCC graduate Adam Kipf.
SMCC will continue to run their straight T offense that was employed by Giarmo for the last 17 seasons. Senior Austin Burger will take over at QB this season and much of the offense will run through senior RB Justin Carrabino. Look for senior Phillip Lehman and junior Kevin LaPrad to get a lot of touches as well. The Falcons return four starters on the offensive line and will be led by senior Hunter Coombe.
Defensively, the Falcons are led by one of the best players in the league DE Riley Woolford. Junior Justin LaPlante returns at LB along with senior Joe McMillan. Look for sophomore Collin Woolford to make an impact from his DB position.
Many people expect a drop off in 2015, especially with Giarmo's retirement. A state championship may not be in the cards this season, but don't expect the Falcons to fall off much. SMCC is loaded on both lines and have a true home run threat in Carrabino. Prediction: 7-2