Milan (10-0) is coming off of a week one playoff victory over Huron League foe Airport 14-7. Tecumseh (8-2) is coming off of a come from behind victory over SEC White champion Chelsea 27-20. These two teams last met in 1999 when then SEC Milan beat Tecumseh 40-28.
Tecumseh has made a huge turn around under coach Al Romano after finishing 2-7 last season. Offensively, the Indians are led by QB Ben Dreslinski. The 6' 3" 190lb senior has thrown for over 1,900 yards and rushed for another 608 yards. The Indians have four seniors who have 20 or more catches in the lineup as Dreslinksi has thrown 22 TD's against only 6 INT's.
Defensively, Tecumseh is led by 6' 3" 220lb junior MLB Preston Pelham. The athletic junior leads the Indians in tackles with 123 while junior OLB Stephen Bloxam and senior CB John Terry provide athleticism for a defense that gives up just 16.3 ppg.
Milan, the Huron League champions are led offensively by senior RB Arthur Dukes III and passing QB Justin Aceves. Dukes has rushed for 1,558 yards while Aceves leads an offense that averages an impressive 34.5 ppg.
Defensively, the Big Reds are led by seniors Ben Fick and Blaine LeClair. Fick leads the Big Reds with 120 tackles. Milan also boast two outstanding LB's in juniors Robert Kanitz and Austin Hoover Kanitz may be the best all around player in the Huron League. The Big Red defense give-up a meager 10.8 ppg.
This should be a great game and will most certainly be the game that I attend. It should be fun to watch the young Jesse Hoskins match wits with the veteran Al Romano who has won everywhere he has coached. Hurricane Sandy the frankenstorm may have something to say about this game. Bad weather would favor the rugged Big Reds while nice weather would be the Indians. With the nicknames of these two teams let's call this the Politically Incorrect Bowl. Pick: Milan 31 Tecumseh 28
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