Football: Mitchell 56, Ridgewood 6
NEW PORT RICHEY — For the first time since 2012, Mitchell has started the season 3-0. The offense finally found some life that Mitchell coach Andy Schmitz has been looking for Thursday against Ridgewood. The Mustangs racked up 276 total yards, with 240 in the first half alone. The defense continued to feast on opposing offenses, hold a Rams offense that ran for 439 yards the week prior to 125 yards on the ground.
Keys plays: After Jayvon Wilson had the longest play in the game (an 80-yard touchdown run), Ridgewood recovered a Mitchell fumble at the Mustang 37-yard line. After entering the red zone, Stephaun Peters erased any momentum for the Rams. The following play was the dagger when Jakob Mattos hit Kym-mani King for a TD on a 79-yard strike. Carl Butler scored the game's final points, recovering a fumble in the end zone.
Stars of the game: Mychael Hamilton rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. All but five of Mattos' career-high 130 passing yards went to King with three resulting in touchdowns. ... Adam Rogers had two of Mitchell's three interceptions. ... Luis Rivera chipped in with with three tackles for loss and a sack. Wilson was the lone bright spot for the Rams, rushing for 107 yards on nine carries.
Final word: "We had to get better on offense after last week. We had to fix somethings. We won a big game last week. Our defense pretty much carried us. The way the new playoff system works every game is a big game. Honestly it feels like we're 0-0 because we have to win district games." — Mitchell coach Andy Schmitz