Monroe Jefferson (3-4) is coming off a 30-15 loss to New Boston Huron while SMCC (4-3) defeated Milan 30-20. SMCC won last season's matchup 49-7 and leads the all-time series 34-15.
Jefferson was said to resemble a "mash unit" with the amount of substitutes that played, mainly due to injury. It didn't help that Huron brought their "A" game and took advantage of a Jefferson squad with no Brandon Sovey amongst others.
SMCC handled business last week with their 3rd victory in a row over a talented Big Red tribe. The Falcon's backs were against the wall and they played like it, with plenty of emotion and heart. Can they harness that spirited play which will be needed the rest of way?
The competitiveness of this game would seem to be determined by whether or not Jefferson's QB Brandon Sovey will suit up. We got word on the blog that he is playing vs SMCC. If that is the case, it will be all hands on deck for the Boys from Beach. Nick Humphrey(SR), Devon Rozmiarek(JR) and Nolan Willard(SR) will be counted on in all facets of play to keep this game close. SMCC as always will rely on the ground and pound of Kevin LaPrad(SR), Colin Woolford(JR) and Nick Marino(SO). Justin LaPlante(SR) seems to be recovering from his injury, with an outstanding defensive performance last week. Center, David Brinkmaier, gave the Falcons a big boost with his return to the playing field.
When these two teams meet, one thing is for sure... you can throw the records out the window.
As a matter of fact these two bitter enemies are 9-9 over the last 18 meetings. Cant get any more even than that. Yes, CC has dominated the last 2 meetings but this Bear team actually has a pulse. Playoff life is on the line for both teams. This one should be a doozy. 2011 all over again.
PICK: Jefferson 28 SMCC 26
Chris Schultz Pick: SMCC 26 Jefferson 20