Chavez (7-2) beat Oakland Christian 49-0 in week 9 while Milan (7-2) defeated Ann Arbor Huron 40-14. This is the first trip to the playoffs for the Aztec Eagles. These teams have never met.
These are exciting times in SW Detroit for the 6th year program. Coach Tarif Kumasi has done a great job of bringing an exciting brand of football to the mostly Latino school. QB Omar Salih has thrown for a mind boggling 3,800 yards and 42 TD's in the pass happy offense. His two favorite targets are senior Luis McPhaul and junior Anthony Turner. McPhaul has caught 35 passes and !) TD's while Turner has caught 29 for 11 TD's. The defense will give up points and are led by junior LB Alexander Lake and senior LB Javier Alonso.
Milan received a favorable draw in the District and could fine themselves in the Regional if they stay focused. Junior RB Trace Lindeman will be the best player the Eagles have seen all year. Lindeman has rushed for 1,158 yards and 16 TD's while junior QB has added 1,029 yards and 11 TD's on the ground. The Big Red defense is led by MLB Cortez Gray. The senior has recorded 95 tackles while sophomore Mike Furtney has added 67.
Chavez has had a nice season, but the only time they have faced stiff competition they have gotten beat badly. This will be over early. Pick: Milan 49 Cesar Chavez 14