TRINITY — Gulf ended its 20-game losing streak last week, and looked to keep the momentum going against Mitchell on Friday but came up just short, falling 28-21.
Buccaneers quarterback Avery Welch connected with Montavious Reed on a 54-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. Reed capped the drive four plays later with a 7-yard rush to give Gulf a 7-0 lead.
Mustangs running back Nate Boler tied the game with a 1-yard score with six minutes left in the first quarter.
With just less than six minutes left in the second quarter, a miscommunication resulted in a mishandled snap by Welch, and Mitchell linebacker Connor Murchie scooped up the ball and returned it 62 yards to set up first and goal from the Gulf 4-yard line. Quarterback Taylor Schneider stuffed it in from the 1 for the 14-7 halftime lead.
Mitchell (6-4) extended its lead on the opening drive of the second half when Boler added his second of three scores .
Gulf (1-9) did everything it could to crawl back into the game, pulling within seven when backup quarterback Morgan Smith connected with Deandre Hopkins from 15 yards .
The Mustangs went back up by 14 with 5:18 remaining when Boler took the ball 51 yards for his third score . He finished with 188 yards on 25 carries .
Smith connected with Reed from 43 yards for his second touchdown pass of the half but it was not enough for Gulf to close the season on a winning streak.