SMCC finished last season with a record of 8-2 and is the two-time defending Huron League Champion. Coach Adam Kipf enters his 2nd season as the head coach of the Falcons and one of the most storied programs in MHSAA history.
The Falcons return only 3 starters on offense and must replace virtually the entire offensive line. Hunter Lizyness returns and will play tackle. Justin LaPlante will play TE again while Kevin LaPrad is the leading returning rusher. Senior Dominic Flint will play the ever important role of signal caller in the Falcon straight T offense. Sophomore Nick Marino will play FB.
The SMCC defense returns only 3 starters as well. LaPlante and junior Wyatt O'Brien will be bookends on the defensive line while junior Collin Woolford will anchor an inexperienced defensive backfield.
This is the least amount of experience the Falcons have had since 2011 season when they finished 4-5. The offensive will be effective as usual, but SMCC's success will be determined by their defense and special teams. The Falcons open up on Friday at Pewamo-Westphalia. The Pirates have been to Ford Field twice in the last 5 years and expect to return in 2016. Prediction: 4-3 League, 4-5 Overall