TRINITY — A battle in the mud at Mustang Stadium between the visiting Ridgewood Rams (0-2, 0-0) and Mitchell Mustangs (2-0, 0-0) resulted in a 41-30 victory for the home team.
The Mustangs were able to take the lead in the opening minutes of the game, but the Rams fought back valiantly to remain down only four points with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Both teams traded punches and momentum throughout the game.
In a matchup marred by a multitude of penalties, the teams often found that it was difficult to maintain momentum when their offenses began to pick up steam.
“That’s the most penalties I’ve ever had on a team that I have coached here,” said Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz.
Both the Rams and the Mustangs amassed more than 100 yards due to penalties.
Senior Christian Trinidad helped provide three touchdowns for Mitchell. He ran the ball 13 times for 75 yards and had two rushing touchdowns. Trinidad also caught an 11-yard TD reception.
“We moved the ball when we needed to and made the stops when we needed them,” Schmitz said.
The Rams remained in the game late due to a strong offensive line and playmakers like quarterback Nick Michaels and running back Glass Wilson. Wilson finished with three rushing touchdowns and 104 yards. Michaels threw a 29-yard touchdown pass late in the game.