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Football: Mitchell 24, Anclote 17

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Sat. August 31, 2013 | Times Staff

HOLIDAY — A season filled with high expectations began for teams that hope to earn playoff berths. Mitchell defeated Anclote 24-17 in a thriller that was tied until the final minute.

With 2:22 remaining, Mitchell began its final drive 51 yards away. Quarterback Alec Lambert was able to string together a couple of completions to put the Mustangs in the red zone. With 29 seconds remaining, Lambert handed off to Christian Trinidad, who sprinted along the left side the end zone.

“It was a team effort,” Trinidad said. “We fought hard to win this game. We were down in the first half and came back. It was all about teamwork.”

Trinidad ran for 176 yards on only 16 attempts. He finished with three rushing touchdowns.

On their second drive of the game, the Sharks combined an effective passing game and dominant rushing by running back Willie Barrett to complete an 80-yard drive. They led the remainder of the first half and appeared poised to break away.

Led by Trinidad, the Mustangs came out in the second half motivated. Their ground game wore down the Sharks as Mitchell finished an 87-yard drive to begin the third quarter. The series lasted more than eight minutes.

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