Both teams are coming off of week 1 losses. SMCC (0-1) fell to Pewamo-Westphaila 30-20 while Riverview lost to Romulus 32-14. It was the first opening week loss for either team in five seasons. The Falcons won last year's match up 14-12 and lead the all-time series 27-12.
Offensively SMCC will be run happy as usual. The Falcons rushed for 250 yards in the opener and really only threw the ball late in the game when trailing. The bulk of the offense will revolve around senior Kevin LaPrad and junior Collin Woolford. Defensively the Falcons will once agin be led by senior DE Justin LaPlante.
Riverview was less than stellar in the opener, but that may be due to some growing pains. Riverview's offense is pretty much one-dimensional like the Falcons and will feature senior RB Kaylon Paynes-Brown. The defense is led by Nick Walsh, the Pirates will need to get better quickly against the run if they are going to stop the visitors from Monroe.
This should be a hard-nosed throw back style of game between to teams that will run the ball 95% of the time. Neither team can afford another loss at this juncture of the season. Prediction: SMCC 26 Riverview 14