Monday, August 24, 2015

SMCC Preview

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

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope your right Chris. You see it the same way I do.I do believe alot of these games are going to go down to the last drives. Should be very interesting. JS

Anonymous said...

Low numbers this year. Injuries will have to be kept to a minimum for success.

2 starters are already out.

Offensive line is small, only 2 of the 7 are above 195 lbs.

New QB, hasnt seen one snap on varsity.

New coaching staff.

Toughest schedule for a school this small in the state.

7-2 wont be easy

Anonymous said...

I don't know how many times some has said that the line for SMCC is small and that they not be good because of that.

stosento said...

Yeah, I agree with 9:41AM. I think the whole "small line, they're vastly outmatched" argument should be permanently retired.

Anonymous said...

Lot of good points 2:38 AM. I think it will be a tough season at SMCC. 5-4, 6-3 at best. QB was leader last year. Rookie not going to be nearly as good. Always a valiant effort at SMCC though. Can't run on fumes forever.

Anonymous said...

The size of the line absolutely matters. Try blocking someone 50 lbs heavier and stronger than you. Its no mystery that all of CC's finals teams had big O-lines. Does technique come into play? Of course it does but you can't count on being better coached every game. Give me 240 with heart over 190 with heart any day.

-bn

stosento said...

I'm not disagreeing with you, bn, but almost every game of every year I see "SMCC's going to be outmatched in the trenches, they don't have the size to match up with X's DL." Does the size of your OL matter? Of course. But there's a certain level of "big enough" when it comes to high school mid-division football. SMCC has a big enough line.

Anonymous said...

Right, but lest we forget the HL is made of schools with big kids. There is a very good chance CC will have the smallest line of any team they play. To handle 1 team with bigger kids is one think but 7-9, it can be s problem. It's wearing.

stosento said...

3:58pm, I really can't remember the last time SMCC had a line bigger than most of the HL teams, except maybe 2005 (they had some BIG kids that year). SMCC is notoriously smaller on the line than most of the HL and has been for quite some time. Technique and conditioning are two things that make SMCCs offense roll, it also helps erase the size differential.

Anonymous said...

Go #4

Anonymous said...

SMCC will be just fine with coach Kipf. He has been in the system for quite some time and I'm sure he is looking forward to tbe challenge.He knows his juniors and sophmores-he coached them last year on JV and he helped coach the Seniors on the championship team last year-CC will be just fine.

Anonymous said...

I don't care about being bigger, I just would rather not be 50 lbs lighter.

Anonymous said...

Speed kills CC put 63 in Tecumseh. Keep your big lineman means nothing in high school.

Anonymous said...

In high school I'll take that quick 185# guy who is tough all day long!!

Anonymous said...

Keep telling my boy he is not big enough. lol. Thanks for the motivation!

Anonymous said...

CC's downfall will be numbers. Any team can train kids over and over to do a job. But, you can't train them if you don't have them. How many kids are there on varsity?