Even with new QB, Mitchell’s expectations haven’t changed

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Thu. September 3, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

TRINITY –With projected starting quarterback Cody Van De Boe sidelined by a knee injury, the Mitchell offense belongs to backup Matt Michaels this week, and several more after that.

Despite the change, the Mustangs aren’t panicking.

In fact, coach Brian Wachtel said his team, which faces River Ridge on Friday, has full confidence in Michaels, an athletic player who was starting at wide receiver a week ago.

“The team has rallied behind him,” Wachtel said. “I’ve got to be honest, I feel like we’re very united.”

Van De Boe, who sustained a slightly torn medial collateral ligament in the first quarter of last week’s preseason classic against Hudson, is out a minimum of six weeks. Michaels replaced him against Hudson and, at times, ran the offense well.

A junior, Michaels has been under center before.

He took snaps at the position during summer 7-on-7 leagues, and QB’d the team in a scrimmage two weeks ago when Van De Boe was sick.  Michaels’ strength is his quickness, so don’t be surprised if he runs the ball quite a bit Friday.

“We made some changes and we’ll do some things differently,” Wachtel said. “But we’ll still do a lot of the same stuff.”

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