TRINITY — In between the penalties, and there wasn’t much time between penalties, Mitchell running back Ryan Marsh put on a show Friday. Marsh ran for 252 yards on just 11 carries, scoring three times in the Mustangs’ 36-7 defeat of visiting Anclote.
All of Marsh’s touchdowns were long distance, including an impressive burst of speed for an 89-yarder on the first play of the second half to give Mitchell a 22-0 lead. It brought life back to a large home crowd that suffered through a 26-penalty, 85-minute first half. The final penalty count was 36: Anclote 19 for 146 yards, Mitchell 17 for 166 including four personal fouls in the second half.
Mitchell added a pair of throwing scores in the latter stages, with Alec Lambert hitting Matthew Blackburn from 21 yards and backup Lawrence Dellabatta finding Dominic Fiumara on a 41 yarder.
Marsh scored twice within in the opening six minutes. His first carry was a simple run off right tackle where Marsh got to the sideline for a 48-yard score. His 49-yard score up the middle was created by a crushing block from left guard Devontay Taylor.
The penalty fest ensued, with Anclote getting flagged 15 times for 116 yards in the first half. The Sharks once dug themselves a third-and-32 hole, though actually got out of it with a 29-yard pass from Brandon Vinkler to Jonte Scott, who then caught a fourth-down conversion.
Scott would supply Anclote’s only score with a late 89-yard punt return. He also had three catches for 43 yards.
Levi Oliveto had four sacks, three in the first half including a near safety, for the Mustangs. Standout middle linebacker Larry Couch and a tackle for a 14-yard loss as Anclote could not establish a rushing attack. The Sharks finished with minus-13 yards rushing, its longest gain coming on a fake punt.
Mitchell’s J.J. Lewis had the catch of the night, a one-handed snag that he turned into a 46-yard score — but it was pulled back for holding.
Dakota Kerns had a sack and several more tackles for loss on the Anclote side, and Demetrius Barry was strong in the Sharks’ secondary while adding three receptions on offense.
Vinkler finished 10-of-20 for 113 yards.