By Gary Hauf


This is the first ever meeting between Sand Creek and SMCC.  Sand Creek, coming off a 42-0 thrashing of Whitmore Lake, holds an overall playoff record of 29-20 and have made the playoffs 3 of the last 10 seasons.  SMCC, who last defeated Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 30-10, holds and over all playoff record of 44-20 and has qualified for the playoffs 16 of the last 19 seasons.

Sand Creek Aggies(5-2 TCC, 6-3 overall)

The Aggies boast a high-powered, run first offense, out the single-wing.  Sand Creek averages 36.2 PPG and give up 22.9 PPG on the defensive side.  The offense is led by:

Senior RB Alec Muck(5’11” 175 lbs) 1312 yards on 177 carries, 17 TD.
Senior FB Payton Woodard(5’8″ 195 lbs) 549 yards on 85 carries, 5 TD.
Sophomore SB Will Alexander(5’11” 160 lbs) 498 yards on 50 carries, 9 TD.

Paving the way are lineman:
Sophomore T, Jackson Marsh(6’4″ 275lbs)
Senior G, Ryan
Lakatos
(5’11” 170 lbs)

Junior G, Mitchell Moore(5’11” 170 lbs)

Defensively the Aggies are led by:
Junior LB Brenden Pickles(5’9″ 195 lbs) 119 tackles, 4 forced fumbles.
Senior LB Carson Scroggie(5’9″ 180 lbs) 99 tackles, 1 fumble recovery.

Sand Creek holds a record of 1-3 vs playoff teams and is led by Head Coach Scott Gallagher.

                                                                                                                               

Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Falcons(5-2 Huron, 7-2 overall)

SMCC gets things done through the ground in their Full House T offense, averaging 29.1 PPG while giving up 20.1. Offensively the Falcons are led by:

Junior FB Alex Morgan(6’0″ 180 lbs) 800 yards on 98 carries, 7 TD.
Junior RB Sam Cousino(6’2″ 220 lbs) 580 yards on 83 carries, 8 TD.
Senior RB John Ritchie(6’0″ 185 lbs) 535 yards on 97 carries, 6 TD.

Clearing the path are:
Junior T, Connor Bogdanski(6’3″ 260lbs)
Senior G, Briggs Hehl(6’0″ 205 lbs)
Senior TE Bryce Iott(6’4″ 260 lbs)

Defensively leading the Falcons are:
Junior DE, Gust Flint(6’0″ 200 lbs) 49 tackles, 12 for loss.
Junior MLB, Sam Cousino(6’2: 220 lbs) 61 tackles.
Junior DT, Mason Gullen(6’3″ 240 lbs)

The Falcons hold a 1-2 record vs current playoff teams and is fronted by Head Coach Adam Kipf.

Combined these two programs have played 113 playoff games over the years.  Power running game versus power running game.  Whoever wins in the trenches and gets to the ball on defense, will have the best chance of coming out on top.  Both these teams are well coached and play disciplined ball.  I look forward to a great game at Navarre Field.

Chris’ Pick: SMCC 34 Sand Creek 13
Gary’s Pick: SMCC 39 Sand Creek 28
Frank’s Pick: SMCC 38 Sand Creek 14

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