Milan (5-0) is coming off of as blowout win over Grosse Ile 40-6 while SMCC (5-0) beat Airport 27-7. Milan has won eleven in a row in league play which includes a 35-20 victory over the Falcons last season. SMCC has won 8 out of the last 10 meetings.
Milan enters the game on a roll. The Big Reds are averaging 32 ppg while giving up only 12 ppg. Robert Kanitz has been arguably the best player in the league this season. Freshman RB Trace Lindeman has been a pleasant surprise in replacing the departed Arthur Dukes III. Defensively, senior Austin Hoover is continuing his fine career at Milan while junior Josh Colville has become one of the best LB's in the league.
SMCC continues to plug along with their unselfish team play and system that has been ultra successful. The Falcons have given up just 22 points all season and are averaging 38 ppg offensively. SMCC is led by their junior QB Bryce Windham. Windham also starts at DB for the Catholics. The running game will fall on the shoulders of senior Josh Czarniowski, sophomore Justin Carrabino and John Lako. Team speed is the strength of the Falcon defense and should pose problems for the high powered Milan offense.
This is a tough pick. Maxpreps.com has Milan ranked as the #53 team in the state regardless of class while SMCC checks in at #76. Calpreps.com which is usually very accurate on game predictions has picked the Milan Big Reds 31-17. My mind says go with SMCC but I made a promise to myself not to get burned again by Milan. Pick: Milan 28 SMCC 26