Milan is coming off of a solid 9-3 season which saw the Big Reds finish in second place in the Huron League and a berth in the Division 4 Regional Final. The Big Reds were decimated by graduation, but return two of the best offensive players in the league.
The Milan offensive will be led by senior QB Demetrius Barnes and senior RB Trace Lindeman. Together the dynamic duo combined for over 3,800 yards of offense and 48 TD's. The numbers will be tough to duplicate with only one other starter back from the offense. Look for two-way lineman Michael Furtney to be a force on both sides of the ball.
The Big Reds will be counting on numerous players to step up and play both ways. Look for contributuions from seniors Kyle Ranson and Gabe Aceves along with juniors Justin Beck and Ben Pyle. Freshman Tristin Hines is expected to start defensively for the Big Reds.
Like most schools in the league this year depth could be a problem for Milan, but if they can avoid injuries they could be in a good position to win the league for the first time since 2013. The Big Reds will host Adrian on Friday. Prediction: 5-2 League, 7-2 Overall