Big Reds get big wins

David Kaiser and Bryce Bennett wait for Lindemans touchdown before heading into the locker room with a knee injury,

Photo by Balinda Zimmerman Tristan Hines in the NB Huron game with his record 5th interception of the year.

Photo by Balinda  Zimmerman Tristan Hines in the NB Huron game with his record 5th interception of the year.

Photo by Balinda
Zimmerman
Tristan Hines in the NB Huron game with his record 5th interception of the year.

By Balinda Zimmerman

The Milan vs. Riverview game of Sept. 9 saw the first quarter with nothing on the board as both teams struggled and Milan faced several penalty calls.  Finally, in the second quarter everyone settled down and four scores hit the board almost back to back.  The Pirates posted back to back scores with two extra points on each of them.  Milan then posted back to back scores both carried by Lindeman. At the half it was 16-12.
Coming back from the half Milan was on the receiving end of the ball and Brandon Lange was the ball carrier who ran for a touchdown followed by the first Milan “extra point” of the game. Riverview answered immediately with a touchdown but were unable to garner the extra this time.  With only seconds left on the clock Barnes grabbed the third and final touchdown of the quarter following a 50-yard drive.
With under three minutes’ left on the clock it looked like it may be a tie game at 22-22. Shortly thereafter Lindeman broke out and scored on the finishing run of a 6-yard drive.  Tristan Hines was able to pick one out of the air on a Pirates pass which eventually culminated in the final touchdown of the game carried again by Lindeman Final score Milan 38, Riverview 22.
The Milan vs, Jefferson game on Sept. 16 was one of many riveting games under the Friday night lights and this one was topped with a harvest moon. The first two scores for Milan were Lindeman touchdowns and before the half Kenari Moore would also put up another score for Milan. Demetrius Barnes also posted two touchdowns on this night and put up some pretty good passing yardage. There were a few nice attempts at intercepting and the lone interception that was stolen out of the air by Brian Blansett was instrumental in one of the scoring drives for the Big Reds.
The second half was a much tougher game for the Big Reds as the Bears hit the field with a vengeance coming back from the locker rooms and scoring on their first drive of both the third and fourth quarters and giving them the lead. The change in lead set a fire under the Big Reds and they came back to post two more touchdowns earning them the win of 23-21over the Bears.
The Milan Big Reds marched onto the field at New Boston Huron on Sept. 23 and Milan sophomore, Hunter Aeschbacher, showed a little of how he earned his spot on the Varsity team with the opening hardline tackle for Milan and the final touchdown of the night. Demetrius Barnes (Meech) and Trace Lindeman (Niner) didn’t disappoint when they would double team so well you often could not tell which was carrying the ball.  Barnes posted the first touchdown of this game and shortly thereafter freshman, Tristan Hines, vaulted into the air for his first interception of the night that resulted in the second Milan touchdown by Barnes. Hines finished the night with a record five interceptions for the season. Final score 42-7, Milan.
The Milan Big Reds will face Grosse Ile for homecoming weekend that is sure to be an emotional game for both teams.  Grosse Ile and Milan are the only undefeated teams in the league at 5-0 for the season. For results on the Grosse Ile game see our Homecoming story.

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. Balinda can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

David Kaiser and Bryce Bennett wait for Lindemans touchdown before heading into the locker room with a knee injury,

David Kaiser and Bryce Bennett wait for Lindemans touchdown before heading into the locker room with a knee injury,

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