Goricki's prep picks: Defenses to be put to test

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit Cass Tech loves to run the football.

Chippewa Valley loves to throw the football.

Needless to day, Saturday's Division 1 regional final will come down to the defenses.

Chippewa Valley's defense has improved during the last half of the season after allowing 407 yards rushing to Lake Orion's Matt Krause.

But at 1 p.m. Saturday, it faces Michigan-bound running back Mike Weber, who has 743 yards and 13 touchdowns in the last four games.

Cass Tech, too, has a stout defense, led by the outstanding secondary of Lavert Hill, Keyshawn Gilmore, Donovan Johnson and Demetric Vance. But they face Chippewa Valley quarterback Patrick Briningstool (1,600 yards, 25 touchdowns) and receivers Stefan Claiborne (10 touchdowns), Kyle Muller (900 yards, nine touchdowns) and Sean Bunting (eight touchdowns).

Pick: Cass Tech (11-0) by 9

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