SMCC 2021 Season Preview

The Falcons of Monroe SMCC are coming off a successful 2020 campaign, which saw them reach the district final, before losing to Lumen Christie 22-6. In his 7th season, Head Coach Adam Kipf(overall record: 46-19), will once again lead the Green and Gold into battle.

Assistant Coaches: Bill Bacarella, Nick Calkins, Brian Flint, Nate Geiger, John Giarmo, Scott Hoffman, Kyle McElvany, Lonn Passon

Top Returning Players:
Cole Jondro – RB – 136 carries, 1,305 yards, 9.6 ypc, 10 TDs, 163.1 ypg
Blake Birkenhier – RB – 68 carries, 470 yards, 6.9 ypc, 6 TDs
Mitch Kemmerling – QB – 54 carries, 295 rush yards, 5 TDs, 18/32 Passing for 330 yards & 5 TDs
Alfonso Leal – LB – 46 tackles, 1 sack (10yds), 3 TFL (Tackle for Loss), 2 Pass Break Up (PBU)
Garett Bergmoser – DB – 30 Tackles, 3.5 TFLs. 7 PBUs

Returning Starters (Offense – 7):

Mitch Kemmerling – QB (Sr), Cole Jondro – RB (Jr), Blake Birkenhier – RB (Sr), Adam Hamilton – OL (Sr), Gavin Witaszek – OL (Sr), Jacob Borer – OL (Jr), Brent Spaulding – TE (Sr)

Cole Jondro totes the rock

Returning Starters (Defense – 5):

Alfonso Leal – LB (Sr), Garett Bergmoser – DB (Sr), Noah Smith – DL (Sr), Logan Randall – DL (Sr), Emiliano Sauceda – LB (Sr)

Alphonso Leal takes the field

Coach Kipf’s Thoughts:

We have more experience this year, more games, more reps under our belts. We are still doing a lot of learning. We have a long way to go in order to get better. Our kids are up for the challenge. We have to get healthy and stay healthy if we want to meet
our goals this year. That’s currently an uphill battle at this point! I see the league being very competitive this year. Several teams have legit shots to win the league.

FNV Outlook:

The general feeling regarding the Falcons, is that expectations are quite high. Many players gained valuable snaps last year and look to improve from that, a year older and wiser. I will say this, aspiration without perspiration, is like a Maserati without wheels. Nothing is given and everything must be earned. Nobody roots harder for the Falcons than me. Everyone that reads the blog knows that, it’s no secret. As Chris puts it, those are my SMCC Homeboys. If my “homeboys” decide they want to be what they are fully capable of being, the sky is the limit. This Blog has seen SMCC do great things since its inception in 2009, but none of that matters in 2021.

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